Henry Cuellar is one of our perennial Neoliberal Democratic Sellouts. And he is about to get his due. Jessica Cisneros is on the rise with support from Elizabeth Warren.
Neoliberal Henry Cuellar
Rep. Henry Cuellar, the conservative neoliberal Democrat from Texas, is in the runoff of his life. Jessica Cisneros can smell victory. And just recently, Elizabeth Warren went on MSNBC to urge everyone to support Cisneros with their vote and money.
Recently the FBI raided Cuellar’s home.
WASHINGTON — The FBI raid at U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar’s Laredo home made for a damning drama: a swarm of agents descending upon his property with a warrant in hand, emerging later with a computer and plastic bins and bags full of personal belongings.
Those optics aren’t an afterthought for the U.S. Department of Justice. Nor is the timing — which in Cuellar’s case came less than two months before the March 1 primary election. That poor political timing has raised questions among legal experts about why the Justice Department, which had to sign off on such an investigation, didn’t authorize the raid either months before this primary or later in the spring to minimize impact on the election.
Cuellar appeared on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. Todd asked Cuellar if he knew the reason for the FBI search of his home. He seemed robotic in his answers.
“I have a deep respect for law enforcement,” Cuellar said. “I got three brothers that are peace officers. And again, you know, we’ll cooperate, but I think at the end of the day, they will show that there’s no wrongdoing in this situation, and we’re going to win this reelection again.”
Chuck asked different versions of the question asking if it had to do with an inappropriate relationship with a donor. He robotically repeated a form of the answer.
Chuck asked Cuellar if he could pledge to his voters that the FBI investigation outcome would not upend his career if he won. He claimed it would not. REALLY?