Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s latest endorsement proves once again that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is losing control over her own party.
AOC has endorsed Jessica Cisneros in her primary challenge against incumbent Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar, who holds the support of party leadership. Cisneros is supported by Justice Democrats, a progressive group that gave hefty support to AOC and Ilhan Omar, another of the freshman “squad” in Congress.
“Like Alexandria, Jessica Cisneros is a working-class champion of her community who many will continue to underestimate,” said Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, according to The Huffington Post. “This endorsement shows that movement to transform the Democratic Party and usher in a rising generation of progressive leadership is strong and growing.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairwoman Cheri Bustos have both endorsed Cuellar, which makes this yet another act of defiance against the leadership of the Democrat Party by AOC.
“Our homegrown campaign here in South Texas is making noise across the country — @AOC heard the message of our movement all the way in the Bronx! Proud to have her on our team as we work to fight corporate interests and give power back to the people of TX-28!” Cisneros tweeted about AOC’s endorsement.
Our homegrown campaign here in South Texas is making noise across the country — @AOC heard the message of our movement all the way in the Bronx! Proud to have her on our team as we work to fight corporate interests and give power back to the people of TX-28! https://t.co/yaXnUWmaEB
— Jessica Cisneros for Congress (@JCisnerosTX) October 22, 2019
If elected, Cisneros, 26, would become the youngest woman elected to Congress. That title currently belongs to AOC, 30.
“Jessica is an incredible candidate who’s rooted in her community, who has served her community, who understands the working families of her community ― and she’s supportive of a progressive agenda,” AOC told The Huffington Post on Tuesday about her endorsement.
“I want to be the shortest-lived youngest congresswoman ever!” she added about losing her title.
“While our opponent continues to be focused on out of state endorsements, we remain focused on the voters in the district will actually decide this race in March,” Colin Strother, a spokesperson for the Cuellar campaign, said in a statement about AOC jumping into the Texas race.
AOC called Cueller “quite regressive” in her endorsement, and Cisneros has accused Cueller of being “Donald Trump’s favorite Democrat” while on the campaign trail.
AOC acknowledged she was endorsing a challenger to an incumbent supported by the party, but she claims it is Cisneros that motivated her to make the bold announcement.
“I don’t intend on endorsing a challenger to just anyone who disagrees with me, but Jessica is truly an exceptional candidate,” she said.
AOC and Pelosi have not exactly had the most stable relationship. AOC was previously very openly critical of Pelosi, and AOC was pushing for Trump’s impeachment long before Pelosi was pressured into doing so.
If this endorsement shows one thing, it’s that the future of the Democrat Party lies with younger progressives like AOC who are quickly taking over the party and defying their older counterparts.
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