Shondaland recently interviewed Michelle to discuss her campaign for Congress in the NY-14 District.
MICHELLE CARUSO-CABRERA: I am the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants. I believe in the American dream. So do the people of the Bronx and Queens. I don’t want to be a national star. I want to be a congresswoman to the people of the Bronx and Queens and bring jobs to the district, not drive them away.
MR: At what point did you decide you were done with your career in media and more interested in exploring politics?
MCC: I decided to enter politics when [Ocasio-Cortez] did what she did to Amazon. When she threw away those 25,000 jobs, I just couldn’t believe it. To tear away so many jobs for people who really want good jobs — that’s when I started to get into politics.
MR: What bothered you so much about her stance on Amazon?
MCC: The people who live in this part of the Bronx and Queens remind me so much of my grandparents. Many of them are recent arrivals to the United States, or their parents are immigrants. When my grandparents arrived, they worked the overnight shifts. They worked in the meatpacking industry. Those were hard times. They did whatever they had to do to put food on the table. It’s a dangerous job. When I see 25,000 jobs being thrown away for a district full of recent arrivals [and] first-generation and second-generation families, I think it’s a travesty of justice.
You can read the entire interview at Shondaland.com.