Ocasio-Cortez Out For Revenge

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She is going after her own!

With plans to headline a rally for two progressive candidates running for Congress and as the Texas primary day is less than a month away, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez heads to the state.

In an announcement on Twitter, AOC asked Texans if they were ready before teasing the upcoming rallies, saying, “We’re coming in for a major DOUBLE-RALLY next Saturday, Feb 12th… This one’s going to be special.”

One of the candidates Ocasio-Cortez is supporting is Jessica Cisneros. Cisneros is challenging 10-term moderate Democratic Rep. Henry Cueller in Texas’ 28th Congressional district. This is her second election challenge against Cueller, who has been a critical centrist negotiator in Congress.

Now, Cueller is the target of progressive Democrats who are upset he resisted linking President Biden’s massive social infrastructure and climate bill to the bipartisan infrastructure package that was successfully passed into law.

Currently, Cueller, who is also under attack for ties and support from the oil industry, is facing an FBI investigation for alleged improper links to Azerbaijan.

Cisneros has the backing of Justice Democrats, a progressive group founded in 2017. The group recruited AOC, who would go on to shock the political world when she won the Democratic primary in 2018 against longtime Democratic Rep Joe Crowley.

The Justice Democrats also backed Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, who ousted veteran Rep. Mike Capuana, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan in their 2018 bids to Congress.

Two years later, the group would back Reps. Cori Bush of Missouri and Jamaal Bowman of New York, helping them defeat longtime House Democrats in 2020’s primaries.

In a tweet attacking the longtime Democrats House Representative, the Justice Democrats accused Cueller of being one of the few “members of the House [that] did more to ensure the demise of the Biden agenda,” saying he “teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce and fellow ConservaDems to loudly oppose the Build Back Better Act.”

In a statement released Monday, Cueller inadvertently responded to Ocasio-Cortez and Cisneros, saying“The voters will decide this election, not far-left celebrities who stand for defunding the police, open borders, eliminating oil & gas jobs, and raising taxes on hard working Texans,” the congressman wrote.”