Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, facing a tough primary race from progressive attorney Jessica Cisneros, picked up the endorsement of the Koch political network Friday—just over a week before the embattled incumbent, who is supported by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is set to host a fundraiser with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Henry Cuellar has an A rating from the NRA, wants more drilling, is anti-choice, fundraised for GOP, is the #1 recipient of private prison money, and receives donations from the Koch family,” tweeted Justice Democrats spokesman Waleed Shahid. “Jessica Cisneros is a progressive Democrat. DCCC and Speaker Pelosi, what are you doing?”
Friday’s announcement that LIBRE Initiative Action, part of the Koch network’s Latin outreach, endorsed Cuellar made waves in the south Texas primary. It’s the first time the Koch network has ever backed a Democrat in a federal election—though Cuellar’s record of supporting right-wing policy priorities has given him the name “Trump’s favorite Democrat.”
“We need more Henry Cuellars in Washington—people willing to build consensus on difficult issues and do the legwork necessary to bring them to fruition,” wrote Libre Action senior advisor Daniel Garza in a memo (pdf) outlining the endorsement decision.
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This is a very deep blue district, almost as blue as AOC’s in New York. There is absolutely no danger of a Republican winning there if Jessica Cisneros is the nominee. Everything the Vichy Dems are saying about it is a bald-faced lie, and Pelosi knows it.
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