(RoyalPatriot.com )- New York progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying to make herself important in Democratic politics across the nation.
She has inserted herself into the Texas race for the House recently, campaigning on behalf of challengers to incumbent Representative Henry Cuellar, a Democrat who represents the 28th Congressional District in the state.
Cuellar defeated Jessica Cisneros in the Democratic primary in 2020 by four points. But, he’s now facing controversy after FBI agents raided his home last month.
The lawmaker was never charged with a crime — or hasn’t been yet — but Cisneros has said the overall investigation is “alarming.” She also said that AOC is “ready to work alongside us to finally bring true representation to South Texas families.”
AOC is helping to organize a rally in Texas later this week that will support Cisneros in her bid for the Democratic primary as well as Greg Casar, who’s running for a seat on the House from the 35th Congressional District in Texas.
In making an official endorsement of Casar last week, AOC said:
“Because of his roots as a labor organizer, I know Greg and I will work together to organize year-round and deliver on Medicare for All, good jobs and climate justice. I’m proud to support his campaign and will be doing everything I can to help him win this primary on March 1.”
Casar is set to face off with three other Democratic candidates for the primary in the 35th district. Responding to AOC’s endorsement, he said:
“I’m honored to have earned the endorsement of Representative Ocasio-Cortez, who boldly fights for working families every single day. I look forward to working with her to deliver for TX-35 residents.”
Just a few months ago, AOC criticized the Democratic Party for not using her and her progressive colleagues to try to get candidates elected to office. She particularly criticized the party’s approach in the Virginia gubernatorial election, calling it a “mistake” by being too moderate during the race.
In that election, Republican Glenn Youngkin ended up winning office in what was a relatively big surprise.
Following the results of that election, AOC said:
“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.
“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.”
She blasted the party, saying “not a single person” even asked her to email her “own list” of followers about the Virginia election. Yet, AOC claims the Democrats blamed progressives like her for their failure.
“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.”