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With only days remaining until the New York Democrat primary, congressional candidate Michelle Caruso-Cabrera looks poised to potentially crush radical House Democrat Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, assuming numbers alone tell the full story.
Unlike AOC, who’s alienated herself from the business world with her attacks on Amazon, Wall Street and capitalism itself, Caruso-Cabrera has earned the business world’s respect and money, according to reports.
“Donors including Blackstone’s Stephen Schwarzman and David Solomon of Goldman Sachs have lined up behind Michelle Caruso-Cabrera,” the Financial Times reported Thursday.
“Ms Caruso-Cabrera, 53, has raised just over $2m, a substantial figure for a challenger, as dozens of chief executives, investors, bankers and lawyers have given the maximum allowable donation of $2,800 each to her primary campaign. Some have given another $2,800 for the general election.”
That’s big money.
Also included among her VIP donors are executives from JC Flowers, Saban Capital, AT&T, TD Ameritrade, Home Depot, etc.
“Michelle knows more about the world and how things work than probably a solid majority of Congress,” Larry Lindsey, a former George W. Bush administration official and economist, said to the Times. “She and I would consider ourselves pragmatic libertarians.”
Versus hypocritical Marxist socialists like, say, Ocasio-Cortez.
The “old-fashioned red-baiting approach, familiar to those of us who lived through the Cold War, doesn’t seem to be working.”
Drumming fear around socialism is the GOP’s big play, & it’s failing, bc capitalism = GoFundMe as our national healthcare system. https://t.co/IOrDu1VYe0
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 29, 2019
Despite the disconnect between AOC and the business world, her outlook does vibe with the Democrat Party’s vision for America. The outlook of Caruso-Cabrera, who’s now running as a Democrat though she’d been registered as a Republican as recently as 2015, sort of doesn’t, or so AOC argued in an emailed statement to the Times.
“It’s not surprising that Republicans would finance the campaign of a life-long Republican in a Democratic primary,” she wrote. “While we have pushed against corporate power with policies that favour everyday working Americans, those donors prefer to bankroll a candidate who answers to Wall Street over the needs of our constituents.”
However, her criticism doesn’t vibe with the facts. As Caruso-Cabrera herself noted during a heated Democrat primary debate with AOC and others last month, during the height of the [coronavirus] crisis,” it was she who’d been in the Bronx “delivering food” and “delivering masks” — not the congresswoman.
“My opponent AOC made very clear all of her priorities, and yet, what I don’t understand is why AOC is always MIA,” she said. “Me, day one, I was out delivering food, I was out delivering masks — I wasn’t even elected. … You’re always working on your celebrity status, You’re divisive, and you work against the party.”
The full debate can be seen below:
AOC responded by claiming she’d remained at her apartment Washington, D.C. because she “wasn’t feeling very well.” Yet the congresswoman had had no issues participating in a virtual Q&A session.
“While Queens and The Bronx have lines down the block at hospitals and grocery stores, AOC is holed up at a brand new luxury apartment where she shops at Whole Foods in her lobby,” Caruso-Cabrera had complained at the time.
“That’s shameful. No wonder voters think that she is out of touch. She has a golf-simulator and infinity pool and Peloton Cycle room as well as other luxuries while families in the Bronx and Queens are worried about how long the lines are at the grocery store and where they are going to get their next paycheck. AOC isn’t even here to see their desperation and their struggle to survive with her own eyes.”
Returning to the present, AOC tried this week to refuse to debate Caruso-Cabrera one last time before the Democrat primary election next Tuesday.
“New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez insisted Monday she’s ‘not skipping debates’ like her predecessor, Joe Crowley, did to disastrous effect two years ago — even though she is ducking one Wednesday citing social distancing rules despite having been out at a George Floyd protest and other group events this month,” the New York Post reported Monday.
“The good thing is I’m not skipping debates. My predecessor, he had skipped debates until he was forced to show up,” she said.
“This one [Wednesday’s] is in-person, so we’ve had certain issues with that being done during phase one, if that would be violating the Phase One and Phase Two scheduled reopening by the governor. Which is why we’ve committed to virtual debates and are happy to participate in them.”
In other words, she was originally intent on skipping the debate. However, she wound up making it to the debate, though she only attracted more negative attention again by demanding certain rules be followed.
“The Freshman Democrat finally caved in to pressure after her Democratic challenger, former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera wrote an open letter to challenge her to the face-to-face debate,” HisPolitica reported.
“According to AOC spokesperson, Lauren Hitt, the freshman Democrat decided to accept the challenged on the condition that the organizer would ensure that there will be no violation of social distance rules.”
“As long as the venue respects the 10 person rule, Congresswoman will be there. She is only concerned about crowded room that violates social distancing rules and jeopardize audience,” Hitt reportedly said in a statement.
And since only 10 people were allowed entry, guess who wasn’t allowed entry — the media.
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