Senator Elizabeth Warren traveled to San Antonio to rally progressives ahead of March 1 primaries

WASHINGTON — The progressive parade in South Texas continues next week with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren heading to San Antonio to campaign for Jessica Cisneros, who is challenging one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar.

The Massachusetts Democrat is also expected to travel to Austin to rally support for Greg Casar, a former Austin City Councilman who is running in a district stretching from Austin to San Antonio.

His visit follows U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s trip to San Antonio over the weekend to support Cisneros and Casar, who have garnered endorsements from progressive stars. US Senator Bernie Sanders announced his support for both this week.

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez and Warren are arguably the most popular politicians on the left, and their attention in Texas comes as a slate of progressive candidates have emerged in congressional races from Dallas to Austin to the Rio Valley Big.

PROGRESSIVE RALLY IN SAN ANTONIO

WHO: US Senator Elizabeth Warren, Jessica Cisneros, Mini Timmaraju, President of NARAL Pro-choice America

WHAT ? Take out the campaign rally

WHEN: Tuesday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cherry Bar, 302 Montana Street, San Antonio


“If we send in a Democrat who doesn’t care about people, why would people be expected to vote for that person?” Ocasio-Cortez said during his rally in San Antonio last weekend. “How can we win when we support Democrats who don’t support child care, health care or immigrants or who stand up for women and gender expanders? How can we win when we don’t defend anything? We have to defend something to bring it home.

Cisneros, an immigration attorney from Laredo, sets up a closely watched rematch against Cuellar, a nine-term Laredo incumbent. Cisneros captured national attention in 2020 when she came within points of beating Cuellar in the primary.

Progressives are hoping she can win the rematch as Cuellar is under suspicion after the FBI raided his home and campaign headquarters in January. Tannya Benavides, a former educator and community organizer, also shows up this time against Cuellar from the left.

Casar is one of four Democrats running in a district that stretches along Interstate 35 from San Antonio to Austin, long held by U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett, who is seeking election in a new district. Casar is a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist who pioneered Austin’s decision to “defund the police” last year.

Outside support drew criticism from opponents of Cisneros and Casar.

“Voters will decide this election, not the far-left celebrities who champion defunding police, opening borders, cutting oil and gas jobs and raising taxes on hard-working Texans. “, Cuellar’s campaign said in a statement last week. “Members should take care of their own district before taking failed ideas to South Texas.”

Warren has deep ties to Texas. She earned a teaching degree from the University of Houston in 1970. She taught at the University of Houston Law School and the University of Texas at Austin.

Ocasio-Cortez has been involved for years with programs at the National Hispanic Institute headquartered outside of San Marcos in Maxwell, designed to help promising Latino students develop leadership skills and political knowledge. to help them become lifelong leaders.

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