Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., announced a rally in Texas to support two candidates in next month’s Democratic primary.
“Texans, are you ready?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “We’re coming in for a major DOUBLE-RALLY next Saturday, Feb 12th… This one’s going to be special.”
Texans, are you ready? 🤠— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 4, 2022
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
Ocasio-Cortez will rally in support of Greg Casar, whom she endorsed last week.
“I know Greg and I will work together to deliver on Medicare for All, good jobs, and climate justice, because of his roots as a labor organizer,” said Ocasio-Cortez at the time. “I am proud to support his campaign and I will do everything in my power to help him win this primary on March 1.”
In Texas’ 28th Congressional District, Jessica Cisneros is also seeking to unseat incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas.
In the 2020 primary, Cuellar beat Cisneros by four points, but is now embroiled in controversy after his home was raided by FBI agents last month.
However, the FBI has not charged Ocasio-Cortez with a crime, but Cisneros has called the investigation “alarming” and asserted that Ocasio-Cortez is “ready to work alongside us to finally bring true representation to South Texas families.”
Castro, who will compete against three other candidates in Texas’ 35th Congressional District, said he was “honored” by Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement.
“I’m honored to have earned the endorsement of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, who boldly fights for working families every single day,” Casar said of the endorsement. “I look forward to working with her to deliver for TX-35 residents.”
Ocasio-Cortez has previously criticized her fellow Democrats for not using her or other progressives on the campaign trail, saying the party made a “mistake” by being too moderate during the Virginia gubernatorial race that Republican Glenn Youngkin won last November.
“Before the Virginia elections, it was very clear that our help and our participation was not wanted or asked for, which is fine. I’m not here to tell people how to run their races,” Ocasio-Cortez said at the time. “But at the same time, to consider the members here that have some of the tightest relationships to our political base as just a uniform liability – and not something that can be selectively deployed, or consulted, or anything – I think it’s just sad. I think it was a mistake.”
The New York Democrat added that “not a single person” asked her to send an email to people on her “own list,” but the party still laid blame on progressives for their defeat.
“The idea that we just accept a collapse in youth turnout – and essentially turn it into a self-fulfilling prophecy – in times when races are decided by such narrow margin points: I think it’s ill advised,” she said.