‘I vote my district’: Blue Dog Democrat Henry Cuellar doesn’t cave to liberal pressure

‘I vote my district’: Blue Dog Democrat Henry Cuellar doesn’t cave to liberal pressure

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks about the United States-Mexico border during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, July 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE ** In today’s Democratic Party, Rep. Henry Cuellar is a rarity. The Texas lawmaker is vocal on securing the southern border, an advocate for Second Amendment rights and is the sole openly anti-abortion member left in his caucus. On paper, Mr. Cuellar’s stances on certain issues may make him seem like a Republican, but he’s a self-described “centrist” Democrat who isn’t afraid to break ties with his party. “By centrist, basically, I vote my district,” Mr. Cuellar said in an interview with The Washington Times. “If people come up here and just vote [their] political party, then you can send anybody. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Democrat or a Republican.” Since 2005, Mr. Cuellar has represented Texas’ 28th Congressional District, which covers a large swath of land from the edge of San Antonio down to the Mexico border. The district is largely Hispanic, partly rural, and is home to many people who work in traditional agriculture like farming and ranching. Unlike Texas as a whole, which is normally a Republican stronghold when it comes to politics, Mr. Cuellar’s district is reliably Democratic, though the lawmaker alludes that his constituents are more socially conservative on issues such as Second Amendment rights. “In my district, it’s not do you own a gun? It’s how many guns […]

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