Grassroots Progressives Launch Campaign to Oust Corporate Democrat Who Votes With Trump 70% of the Time

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/11/grassroots-progressives-launch-campaign-oust-corporate-democrat-who-votes-trump-70

      Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) supports various laws designed to thwart a woman’s right to choose, helps raise money for Republicans, has received exorbitant levels of cash from the fossil fuel industry, and votes with President Donald Trump nearly 70 percent of the time—a right-wing record that earned him the dubious honor of becoming the first 2020 primary target of a grassroots group working to replace corporate Democrats with bold progressives.

      Justice Democrats—which helped Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) topple powerful Wall Street Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) last year—launched the Primary Cuellar Fund on Friday with the goal of recruiting a primary candidate who is committed to progressive solutions that are more in line with the interests of voters in Texas’ left-leaning 28th congressional district.

      “In the last election cycle, Justice Democrats revealed enormous energy in the Democratic Party primary electorate for change when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and [Rep.] Ayanna Pressley [D-Mass.] upset long-time incumbent Democrats who had grown out-of-touch with their deep blue districts,” Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, said in a statement. “We’re now leading a grassroots candidate recruitment effort to find a real Democrat to run against Cuellar.”

      “District 28 and South Texas is in a special position to lead the nation on immigration, renewable energy, and healthcare, yet Henry Cuellar has failed to do this by instead voting with Donald Trump nearly 70 percent of the time,” added Danny Diaz, a community organizer who lives in the 28th district.

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      A Democrat Who Votes With Trump 69% of the Time Should Be Primaried

      https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/01/15/democrat-who-votes-trump-69-time-should-be-primaried

      Opposition within the Democratic Party during primaries won’t weaken it. In fact, appealing to constituencies that have been ignored for far too long has made the party stronger. By creating a dynamic new class of lawmakers, primaries inject new policy ideas into the party and exciting new figures can engage millennials, women and people of color who don’t see enough people representing them in Congress.

      These primaries also bolster the party’s technical capacity. New organizing and voter contact technology like Reach, Relay Dialer and Relay Text came out of New York’s 14th Congressional District primary and will help keep the party moving ahead of Republicans.

      Democrats who might otherwise be complacent will face pressure to be accountable to the Democratic voters who elected them in the first place. Incumbents will be forced to have more town halls and debates and sponsor legislation that the Democratic base and progressive advocates care about.

      When Crowley was challenged by Ocasio-Cortez, he co-sponsored a Medicare for All Bill for the first time in his career and began to oppose ICE’s deportation machine much more aggressively. Primary challenges will also develop a new class of operatives and organizers and engage new voters who will in turn vote in general elections.

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