Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not happy with the establishment wing in the Democcratic party and she’s been gunning to take them down since her first day on the job.
AOC provoked Nancy Pelosi by backing primary challengers in some key districts. The feud went public multiple times and AOC will surely face a backlash after her candidate suffered a big loss in Texas.
She also backed Bernie Sanders who came up the big loser – Bernie may still pull it out but it doesn’t matter – Biden and Bernie have too much baggage and are not skilled enough to take on Donald Trump.
The Free Beacon reported that in a race viewed as a bellwether for the Democratic Party’s future, eight-term incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar defeated Jessica Cisneros despite an influx of out-of-state cash and high-profile endorsements for the progressive challenger.
Cuellar’s campaign claimed victory early Wednesday, holding off Cisneros by a 52-48 margin. The result adds to an already rough night in Texas for Sen. Sanders, who endorsed Cisneros in January. The Vermont democratic socialist was upset in the Lone Star state’s primary by former vice president Joe Biden.
Cisneros’s loss also comes as a blow to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the “squad” of far-left lawmakers that have rallied around her.
The 26-year-old immigration attorney was handpicked to challenge Cuellar by Justice Democrats, the progressive group that backed Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2018. The group painted Cuellar as “Trump’s favorite Democrat,” contrasting his pro-life stance and “A” NRA rating with Cisneros’s liberal positions, emphasizing the challenger’s support for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and a $15 minimum wage.
The race drew intense national attention. Cisneros landed endorsements from a who’s who of progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups. Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Ayanna Pressley and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, all backed Cisneros, as did the environmentalist Sierra Club and abortion industry giants EMILY’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) endorsed Cuellar, with Pelosi calling for a “resounding victory” for the incumbent Democrat during a February campaign event.