AOC heads to Texas to campaign against fellow Democrat
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., announced a rally in Texas to support two candidates in next month’s Democratic primary.
“Texans, are you ready? Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter. “We are coming for a major DOUBLE-RALLY next Saturday, February 12… This one is going to be special.”
Ocasio-Cortez will rally in support of Greg Casar, whom the New York Democrat officially endorsed last week.
“Because of his roots as a labor organizer, I know Greg and I will work together to organize all year and deliver Medicare for All, good jobs, and climate justice,” Ocasio-Cortez told AFP. era. “I am proud to support his campaign and will do everything I can to help him win this primary on March 1.”
The rally will also support Jessica Cisneros, who is seeking to unseat incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, in Texas’ 28th congressional district.
Cuellar previously beat Cisneros by four points in the 2020 primary but is now facing controversy after his home was raided by FBI agents last month.
The FBI didn’t charge the lawmaker with a crime, but Cisneros called the investigation “alarming” and boasted that Ocasio-Cortez is “willing to work alongside us to finally bring real representation.” to families in South Texas”.
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Casar, who faces three other candidates in Texas’ 35th congressional district, said he was “honoured” to have Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement.
“I’m honored to have the endorsement of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, who boldly fights for working families every day,” Casar said of the endorsement. “I look forward to working with her to deliver to the residents of TX-35.”
Ocasio-Cortez has previously criticized fellow Democrats for not using her and other progressives on the campaign trail, saying the party made a “mistake” by being too moderate on the campaign trail. Virginia gubernatorial race that Republican Glenn Youngkin won last November.
“Before the election in Virginia, it was very clear that our help and participation was neither wanted nor requested, which is fine. I’m not here to tell people how to run their errands,” Ocasio-Cortez said. at the time. “But at the same time, looking at the members here who have some of the closest relationships with our political base as just a uniform responsibility – and not something that can be selectively deployed, or consulted, or whatever – I think it’s just sad. I think it was a mistake.”
The New York Democrat added that “not a single person” has asked her to email people on her “own list,” but the party has always blamed progressives for their defeat.
“The idea that we’re just accepting a collapse in youth participation – and essentially turning it into a self-fulfilling prophecy – at a time when races are decided by such narrow margins: I think that’s wrong. advised,” she said.