Warren endorses Texas Democrat Cuellar's primary challenger

Warren endorses Texas Democrat Cuellar's primary challenger
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren declines to disavow super PAC that supports her San Diego Union-Tribune endorses Buttigieg 'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate MORE (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.

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"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-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio-Cortez defends Warren against 'misogynist trope' Sanders nabs endorsement from Congressional Hispanic Caucus member Ocasio-Cortez defends Sanders running as a Democrat: It's 'more than what you call yourself' MORE (D-N.Y.) in her primary bid against 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.).

The liberal advocacy group has made Cuellar a top target since January, bashing his voting record.

Cuellar responded with a tweet, saying, "We told you the outside special interests were coming to take away local jobs. Elizabeth Warren and our opponent share an agenda that would kill over 108,000 jobs in our region. I'm fighting back. Will you join me?"

 

 

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 SandersBernie SandersNevada Democratic debate draws record-breaking 19.7 million viewers 'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate Ocasio-Cortez defends Warren against 'misogynist trope' MORE (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 TrumpDonald John TrumpChasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life' Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump's 'opportunity zone' program We must not turn our heads from the effects of traumatic brain injuries MORE 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. 

Warren's endorsement of Cisneros comes despite a push by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's (DCCC) to protect incumbents against primary challengers.

The group warned would-be campaign vendors in March that the party wouldn't award contracts to political firms working for primary challengers.

“I’m so proud to receive this endorsement from Senator Warren, who has dedicated her career to fixing our corrupt political system and fighting for working families like mine,” Cisneros said in a statement.

“Our district deserves to be represented by a true Democrat who will work in Washington to improve the lives of her constituents, not corporate donors. Senator Warren’s support demonstrates that we’re building the momentum we need to bring real change to South Texas.” 

Texas's 28th Congressional District went for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Roger Stone gets over three years in prison; Brutal night for Bloomberg Poll: Democrats trail Trump in Wisconsin, lead in Michigan and Pennsylvania MORE by 20 points in the 2016 presidential election and is rated solidly Democratic by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

-- Updated at 1:53 p.m.