“Jessica knows that real change comes from the bottom on up, not the top on down,” Sanders said in a statement. “She will fight for the working class in Congress and together we will build a movement to transform this nation so that it works for all our people.”
Cisneros, in a statement, welcomed Sanders’ support.
“We’re taking on Cuellar’s Republican corporate backers with a positive vision for South Texas which includes delivering on Medicare for All, reproductive freedom, and good-paying union jobs,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez campaigned over the weekend for Cisneros and Democrat Greg Casar, who is running in a 35th Congressional District primary. Its current representative, Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett, is seeking a shift to the newly created 37th District.
Cuellar ripped Ocasio-Cortez ahead of her visit, calling the New York Democrat a “far left” celebrity out of touch with the district.
Ocasio-Cortez fired back in a tweet, saying, “Did you know that Cuéllar is an anti-choice Dem in a state where women & LGBTQ+ repro rights are under attack? This district has only gotten bluer, too. It’s 2022. We really don’t have to settle for rock bottom. Vote @JCisnerosTX.”
Cuellar won reelection to the seat in 2020 by nearly 20 percentage points over Republican Sandra Whitten, who is seeking another shot at the seat in a crowded GOP primary field.