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The group, historically seen as Republican-leaning, has taken steps to improve its ties with Democrats. Scott Reed, the Chamber’s chief political strategist, told The Hill that the advocacy group is “putting our money where our mouth is,” by backing candidates who supported the group’s agenda regardless of party.
TEXAS TRIBUNE: Nancy Pelosi gives Henry Cuellar a homestretch boost in intense primary, calling for "resounding victory"
Cuellar has touted a long list of local endorsements, while Pelosi and other House leaders made clear months ago that he has their backing. The centrist Democrat has also gotten support from unusual places in a Democratic primary, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the political network created by the Koch brothers.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Fierce S. Texas race brings together Pelosi and the Koch brothers as the left targets Henry Cuellar
In Cuellar’s corner, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which rarely backs Democrats, launched a $200,000 campaign focused on his support for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, Trump’s much-touted upgrade to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The seven-term congressman is facing a vigorous challenge on his left from Jessica Cisneros in a March 3 primary. Cisneros, a 26-year-old immigration attorney, has endorsements from women’s groups like EMILY’s List, environmental groups like the Sierra Club and national liberal leaders like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The U.S. Chamber joins the Koch-backed group Libre Initiative Action, which endorsed Cuellar on Friday.
Ashlee Rich Stephenson, the vice president and national political director for the organization, said they chose to back Tiffany based on his accomplishments in Wisconsin's Senate. "Tom is a proven leader with tremendous accomplishments standing up for the hardworking citizens of Wisconsin," she said. "Business and workers alike will benefit when Tom Tiffany is elected to the United States Congress.”
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