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Expanding the 'Squad:' U.S. liberals challenge moderate Democrats to move party left

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Jessica Cisneros interned for U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar in 2014, and the congressman later wrote letters to help her get into law school.

Now the 26-year-old immigration lawyer is gunning for her former boss’ job, saying his values are out of touch with the sprawling south Texas district he has represented for 15 years.

Cisneros calls Cuellar, an abortion opponent who got an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, “Trump’s favorite Democrat.”

She is one of a half-dozen progressive candidates around the country who are taking on moderate House Democratic incumbents and are backed by Justice Democrats, the same political action committee that last year helped launch Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s political career.

21st Oct 2019


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