Cuellar is a simply awful Democrat in a reliably Democratic district. and it’s about time for someone to take him down:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday endorsed Jessica Cisneros, a Democratic primary challenger to Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).
“The people of Texas’ 28th district are ready for systematic change and deserve a Democrat that will be on the side of working people; not the side of big money and obstructionist Republicans,” Warren, a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, said in a statement.
“I believe Jessica Cisneros is that fighter. As an immigration lawyer and daughter of small business owners growing up on the border, Jessica knows our diversity is our strength and that when progressives are unapologetic about our values and who we’re in this battle for, we win. It’s time Texans had a champion in Congress who does just that. I’m proud to support Jessica.”
Cisneros launched her campaign in June and was immediately endorsed by Justice Democrats, the group that helped Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in her primary bid against 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.).
Cuellar’s campaign manager Colin Strother also slammed Warren’s endorsement.
“Elizabeth Warren is at 10 percent in Texas and has as much of a chance of being elected president as our opponent does being elected to Congress,” Strother told The Hill.
He said that both Warren and Cisneros have “backward policies that would hurt Texas,” calling the Green New Deal a “scam” and saying that “Medicare For All” would cause Texans to lose coverage.
“I don’t think the district will get on board with this socialist agenda,” Strother said, before calling Warren and Cisneros Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) “knockoffs.”
In her launch video, Cisneros, an immigration and human rights attorney, criticized Cuellar for a conservative voting record. She said Cuellar had voted with President Trump 70 percent of the time in the 115th Congress.
Cuellar was one of three Democrats to side with Republicans on “Kate’s law,” a measure to expand maximum sentences for people who attempt to reenter the country after having been deported, and legislation to strip federal funding from “sanctuary” jurisdictions that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
He also opposes abortion and has voted against allowing federal funds to be used for the practice.
Texas’s 28th Congressional District went for Hillary Clinton by 20 points in the 2016 presidential election and is rated solidly Democratic by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
The only reason for the DCCC to support a corporatist New Democrat in a district this safe (20%+ Dem) is to make sure that there are enough people fellating the big banks, the private prison industry, and the NRA to ensure that there is critical mass in the House sufficient to prevent any real reforms.