The Texas chapter of a major union federation has endorsed a Democratic primary challenger to Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), a top target for progressives in 2020.
Cuellar’s main primary challenger, Jessica Cisneros, announced support from the Texas AFL-CIO on Sunday in a video with the union chapter’s president, Rick Levy.
“The 240,000 members of the Texas AFL-CIO stated that we are going to stand proudly with Jessica Cisneros in her race for Congress,” Levy said.
“This district needs someone who is going to stand up for working people, stand up for poor people, and stand up for justice,” he added.
Since day one, weve been running a campaign by and for the people of South Texas.
Today, Im incredibly proud to share that weve earned the endorsement of @TexasAFLCIOs 240,000 members who know Ill be a true champion for working people in Washington.
Lets do this. pic.twitter.com/8zegZa7ApZ
Jessica Cisneros (@JCisnerosTX) January 26, 2020
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The AFL-CIO represents thousands of workers across a broad variety of professions, and consists of more than 460 local groups, according to its website.