In a Show of Force, Coalition of Leading Progressive Organizations Endorse Jessica Cisneros’ Primary Challenge to Rep. Henry Cuellar

Dec 3, 2019

Contact: Craig Auster,

A coalition of leading progressive organizations announced today their joint endorsement of Jessica Cisneros in her campaign to represent Texas’ 28th Congressional District. This group includes JStreetPAC, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, MoveOn Political Action, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF). Collectively, these groups represent millions of progressive, grassroots members nationwide, and tens of thousands in Texas’ 28th Congressional District.

Cisneros is seeking to unseat Representative Henry Cuellar, an anti-choice, anti-environment, and anti-immigrant Democratic incumbent, who regularly votes in support of an extreme and out-of-touch agenda pushed by President Trump.

“The people of South Texas are ready to have a new voice in Congress who will fight for the needs and concerns of our community,” said Cisneros. “We’re ready to show up for our planet, for our democracy, for our reproductive freedom, and most importantly, for our future. I’m proud to stand alongside so many incredible organizations leading the fight against the Trump administration’s hatred and bigotry — I’m grateful to receive the endorsements of JStreetPAC, LCV Action Fund, MoveOn, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund in our effort to bring true representation to South Texas.”

Rep. Cuellar — who Cisneros has described as “Trump’s favorite Democrat” — has received an A rating from the National Rifle Association, has voted to defund sanctuary cities and reproductive health services, and has accepted thousands of dollars in contributions from the Koch brothers.

The joint endorsement comes as the Cisneros campaign continues to gain momentum, recently earning the endorsements of Democratic Party heavyweights including Senator Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley.

Statement from Ben Shnider, Vice President of Political Affairs at JStreetPAC 

“Jessica Cisneros is a dynamic young leader who understands the importance of diplomacy, opposes disastrous wars of choice and is committed to promoting peace, justice and self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians. JStreetPAC is proud to do everything we can to help bring Jessica’s bold and principled voice to Congress.”

Statement from Tiernan Sittenfeld, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at LCV Action Fund 

“Jessica Cisneros has dedicated her life to fighting for families throughout South Texas, and she understands the urgent need to combat the climate crisis and put a stop to decades of environmental injustice in her district. We are confident that Cisneros will be the climate champion South Texans need in Congress, and that she will help lead a just and equitable transition to a clean energy future for all. LCV Action Fund is proud to endorse her campaign.”

Statement from Rahna Epting, Executive Director of MoveOn Political Action

“MoveOn members are proud to endorse Jessica Cisneros for Congress for Texas’ 28th district. Jessica Cisneros represents new leadership for our country and for the Democratic Party. She has spent her career working to improve the lives of everyday people in her community. As an immigration lawyer, she’s witnessed first-hand our broken immigration system and has fought to keep Texas immigrant families together. Jessica is running in a primary against one of the worst Democrats in Congress. Rep. Cuellar has voted against commonsense gun safety reform, women’s reproductive health care services, and environmental justice. Progressives are fired up to elect Cisneros and to defeat one of the NRA’s key enablers.”

Statement from Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America 

“As anti-choice politicans continue to wage an all-out assault on the right to access abortion, it’s crucial that Democrats stand united in their commitment to reproductive freedom. With the stakes this high, women and families in Texas’ 28th Congressional District need to be able to trust that their values will be represented in Washington. NARAL is proud to endorse Jessica Cisneros, who recognizes that the moment we are in requires bold action and is ready to be a champion for our fundamental freedoms. Meanwhile, Henry Cuellar’s record speaks for itself — from his support for the discriminatory Hyde Amendment to extreme bans on abortion, he has made it clear just how dangerously out-of-touch he is.” 

Statement from Alexis McGill Johnson, Acting President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

“Our goal is to elect champions who will fight with us to expand access to reproductive health care, including affordable birth control and safe, legal abortion. Planned Parenthood Action Fund is proud to endorse Jessica Cisneros — she’s committed to protecting people’s rights and has pledged to defend her constituents against attacks on those rights and freedoms. We know that people want more access to health care, not less, and we look forward to sending Cisneros to Congress to be a voice that people in South Texas need.”

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