Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar has slammed “far-left celebrity” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), warning her to stay away from his primary race.
Cuellar trashed his colleague Ocasio-Cortez for working against him by campaigning for his primary challenger.
He warned AOC to go back to New York and take care of the people in her district “before taking failed ideas to South Texas.”
Ocasio-Cortez will campaign in Texas this weekend for progressive House candidates including Jessica Cisneros, a Laredo immigration attorney who is challenging Cuellar.
“This election is taking place in the 28th Congressional District of Texas- not New York City,” Cuellar said.
“The voters will decide this election not far left celebrities who stand for defunding the police, open borders, eliminating oil and gas jobs, and raising taxes on hard working Texans.
“Members should take care of their own district before taking failed ideas to South Texas.
“It’s called conscience,” he said of why he voted against the Democrats’ pro-abortion bill.
“I am a Catholic, and I do believe in rights, right to life, and it’s just a conscious, sometimes people vote because of political, they think just because Democratic or Republican issue, for me it’s just a matter of conscience.”
He said of an ongoing investigation into his dealing with a foreign country:
“There is an ongoing investigation that will show there was no wrongdoing on my part.
“I am fully cooperating with law enforcement and committed to ensuring that justice and the law is upheld.
“As an attorney, I know firsthand that the legal system is a pillar of our democracy.
“Let me be clear: I’m running for re-election and I intend to win.
“I pride myself on being your congressman and always doing things honestly ethically and in the right way.
“Nothing can distract me from being laser-focused on getting the job done for you and south Texas the way I always have,” he said.
Texans, are you ready? ????
We’re coming in for a major DOUBLE-RALLY next Saturday, Feb 12th to send @GregCasar + @JCisnerosTX to Congress and support community organizing across the state.
This one’s going to be special.
Join us & RSVP now: https://t.co/55NVE4nEpi https://t.co/26HdXdgmRL
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 4, 2022
Israel is not an apartheid state. Full stop.
These inaccuracies incite antisemitic behavior against the Jewish people. Lies that incite violence, but do nothing to help the Palestinian people.
Let’s work together, not tear each other down.https://t.co/JWUDdLt7je
— Rep. Henry Cuellar (@RepCuellar) February 1, 2022