New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, who is running to represent New York's 14th Congressional District, said he is concerned about the potential impact of Ocasio-Cortez's alleged effort to steer the country down a more socialist path.
“I’ve seen firsthand what socialism has done to a country like Venezuela,” Cabrera said, insisting he better reflects the moderate-centrist values of the majority in the New York district.
“This is the dilemma right now: Which direction are we going to take?” Cabrera said.
Cabrera also took issue with Ocasio-Cortez’s opposition to Amazon’s plan to open its second headquarters in New York City, a $3 billion deal that would have brought 25,000 full-time jobs to New York City in exchange for a package of state and local tax incentives. Ocasio-Cortez was one of the loudest voices speaking out against the deal, which Amazon ultimately scrapped.
“That was the first red flag,” Cabrera said. “We lost 25,000 jobs, we lost $27 billion worth of revenue,” he said.
“Free enterprise works,” he added.
In recent days, Ocasio-Cortez has been vocal about pushing for the impeachment of President Trump, who is under a House impeachment inquiry.
Fox News' Sam Dorman contributed to this report.