Ayanna Pressley endorses Democrat Henry Cuellar's primary challenger

Ayanna Pressley endorses Democrat Henry Cuellar's primary challenger
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Progressive Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Pressley experiencing flu-like symptoms, being tested for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday threw her support behind Jessica Cisneros's primary challenge to Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar (D).

The congresswoman praised Cisneros's work as a human rights attorney, saying the progressive primary challenger would bring "bold advocacy and tireless activism" if elected to the House.

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“Our country is at a crossroads, and as the Administration in Washington, D.C., continues to advance hateful, draconian policies targeting women, immigrants, and other marginalized communities, the experience and determination of candidates like Jessica Cisneros is more essential than ever,” Pressley said in a statement released by Cisneros's campaign.

Pressley's announcement follows progressive firebrand and fellow "squad" member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWhat the coronavirus reveals about the race grievance industry Democrats struggle to keep up with Trump messaging on coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims MORE's (D-N.Y.) endorsement of Cisneros last week. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Schiff presses intel chief on staff changes | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Twitter's Jack Dorsey to donate B to coronavirus fight | WhatsApp takes steps to counter virus misinformation Warren releases plan to secure elections during coronavirus pandemic On The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds MORE (D-Mass.), who is running for president, has also voiced her support for Cisneros. 

Justice Democrats, the progressive advocacy group that helped Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley successfully run primary campaigns during the 2018 midterms, endorsed Cisneros after she launched her primary challenge in June. 

The group has made targeting Cuellar, who has been in Congress since 2005, a top priority. 

Cuellar’s campaign spokesman, Colin Strother, told The Hill that the campaign was not focused on Pressley's endorsement.

"Our opponent remains focused on endorsements from out of state PACs and politicians, while we remain focused on the voters of South Texas," Strother said in a statement. "This isn't the Bronx and it isn't Boston, this is the border. We power the nation's economy with international trade and oil gas exploration, but our socialist opponent and her out of state backers want to kill those jobs. Henry Cuellar it's fighting to protect those jobs and that will be our message to the voters."