Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 12:30pm

In the states

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Rep. Henry Cuellar for reelection in Texas's 28th Congressional District, one month ahead of a primary where he's being challenged from the left by immigration lawyer Jessica Cisneros. The Chamber has supported Cuellar before, and local chambers are echoing the endorsement, but what's new for 2020 is a Chamber-backed ad campaign on Cuellar's behalf.

“We're recognizing centrist Democrats who focus on good government, versus the Justice Democrats, AOC agenda,” said Scott Reed, the U.S. Chamber's political director. (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has endorsed Cisneros.) “It's game on with Justice Democrats.”

The Chamber's ad, “Trucks Mean Jobs,” does not attack Cisneros by name, instead praising Cuellar for a role in the passage of USMCA, the update to NAFTA. But Reed described the primary as a referendum on jobs and growth, with a chance for business-friendly Democrats to reject the party's left.


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