TEXAS TRIBUNE: Nancy Pelosi gives Henry Cuellar a homestretch boost in intense primary, calling for "resounding victory"

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 11:00am

LAREDO — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, a boost Saturday in the homestretch of his hotly contested primary race, calling for a decisive win while visiting his campaign headquarters here.

"We want this to be not only a victory, but a resounding victory for Henry Cuellar," Pelosi told a crowd of several dozen Cuellar campaign workers and supporters. "Every step you take, every door you knock, every call you make, will make that resounding victory possible — and it includes getting out a big Democratic vote prepared to vote again in the general election so that we turn Texas blue."

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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.

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Justice Democrats panned Pelosi's campaign office visit, saying in a statement that it is "utterly shameful, especially considering that Cuellar doesn’t even have the courage to debate his opponent."

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