OPENSECRETS NEWS: Progressive group ramps up pressure to primary PAC-friendly Texas Democrat

Henry Cuellar

Above: As Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) attempts to get his Democratic colleagues on board with President Donald Trump’s new North American free trade deal, he’s facing pressure from a progressive Democratic group with rising influence within the party.

The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-aligned Justice Democrats group is raising money toward an effort to primary Cuellar, who represents Texas’ 28th district, labeling him the “most conservative Democrat in Congress” in a fundraising appeal. The group’s push comes as Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a member of the Justice Democrats, pushes back against “NAFTA 2.0” over protections for pharmaceutical companies included in the deal.


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