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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:12 PM

Left-wing group creates fund to oust Texas Democrat from Congress

A grass-roots Democratic group that helped power the upset victory of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has identified a Texas Democrat as its first target ahead of the 2020 congressional primaries — but as of now, Ocasio-Cortez herself is staying neutral.

Justice Democrats, a political committee founded after the 2016 election to reshape the Democratic Party through primary challenges, is working to recruit a challenger to Rep. Henry Cuellar, a seven-term congressman from a strongly Democratic district who’s one of the few anti-abortion-rights voices in the party’s House conference.

In a statement, the group compared Texas’s 28th Congressional District, which gave the president just 38.5 percent of the vote in 2016, to other districts where left-leaning candidates have unseated incumbents. It is launching a “primary Cuellar fund” to encourage any potential candidate that there will be resources if he or she jumps into the race.

“There’s an Ocasio-Cortez and [Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna] Pressley in blue districts across America, tired of seeing long-standing incumbents serve corporate interests, work with Trump’s agenda, and works against the progressive movement,” said Alexandra Rojas, the executive director of Justice Democrats. “These grass-roots leaders just need a little bit of encouragement and support.”

Cuellar’s office did not respond to a question from The Washington Post, but he has long been seen as a target for the party’s left wing as it works to build its bench. Last year, after a left-wing primary challenger to Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) was narrowly defeated, Cuellar told The Post that he would hold his seat in any primary.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/left-wing-group-creates-fund-to-oust-texas-democrat/2019/01/11/eceb3d94-15aa-11e9-90a8-136fa44b80ba_story.html




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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:18 PM

1. Texas Would be Much Better Served if the Focus Was, First, on Ousting Republicans

First things first...

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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:20 PM

2. Photo with Bush helps congressman's rival

SAN ANTONIO --A photo of President Bush cupping the cheeks of Rep. Henry Cuellar at last week's State of the Union address has been the gift that keeps on giving for Cuellar's chief rival for the Democratic nomination.

The Washington Post picture of Cuellar beaming as the president holds his face is a boffo hit on the Internet, inspiring humorous-caption contests and accusations that Cuellar is a stealth Republican.

Cuellar's Democratic rival, Ciro Rodriguez, has produced a leaflet centered around the photo. It reads: "George Bush thinks Henry Cuellar is `chulo'" -- Spanish slang for "pretty boy."

Before the picture came out, Rodriguez, a former congressman trying to regain the House seat he lost in 2004 to Cuellar, had been low on money, momentum and a memorable message.

But the Rodriguez campaign said the picture has generated more than $80,000 in contributions in little more than a week and given a major boost to his supporters a month before the Democratic primary.

"The saying goes, `A picture tells you a thousand words,'" Rodriguez said. "Well, in this case, it's gone beyond a thousand, especially on the dollars."

http://archive.boston.com/news/politics/us_house/articles/2006/02/10/photo_with_bush_helps_congressmans_rival/




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Response to douglas9 (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 02:13 AM

5. His rival lost, so the photo might have helped Cuellar.

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:32 PM

3. Please

Can we please go after Republicans instead?

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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:09 PM

4. We got the House. Lets celebrate with a blood bath.

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