For Immediate Release
February 12, 2020
EMILYs List Statement on Rep. Henry Cuellar’s Dishonest Ad
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28), who has been called “Trump’s favorite Democrat,” recently began airing a television ad that uses misleading Republican talking points to attack his primary opponent, EMILYs List candidate Jessica Cisneros, who was born and raised in Laredo, as an “outsider.” Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Anti-choice Congressman Cuellar is clearly starting to panic that he won't be able to stop Jessica and her grassroots supporters. Whether it’s voting to fund Trump’s border wall or to defund Planned Parenthood, Cuellar has made it clear that he’s more closely aligned with the likes of Trump, the NRA, Koch Industries, and other Republican interests than with the people of his district. While Cuellar runs a Trump-like campaign in a district the president lost by nearly 20 points, Jessica and her team will continue to show voters why she is the best voice to represent them in Congress.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 50,000 women have reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state and national offices.