During Miss Cisneros’ campaign, he saw an identity-priority approach in which she randomly switches between English and Spanishtalks about identifying with South Texas and its struggles, as opposed to outsiders in Washington, then revolves around issues like health care and reproductive rights.
Cecilia Ballí, an anthropologist and researcher at the University of Houston who has conducted extensive interviews in South Texas, says the region may be poised for a new approach. For decades, the area was run by prominent political families like Mr. Cuellar’s. His brother is the sheriff of Laredo’s Webb County; His sister is a former city judge and tax collector there.
Ms. Ballí said that with no real partisan competition, Democrats had won allegiance with protests and free food, but with no emphasis on retail issues or politics. Mr. Trump’s brand of outgoing, outgoing personality has disillusioned many Hispanic voters.
“They have voted Democrat for such a long time, and obviously, the poverty rate has not decreased, the uninsured rate has not decreased,” Ms. Cisneros agreed. People still have to work two or three jobs just to make a living.” she speaks. More pandemics and border closures have crippled Laredo trade, “and I think that just leads to a perfect storm.”
Mr. Cuellar has his own weapons: an unrivaled network of political establishment supporters and a seat on the House Appropriations Committee, from which he has made large chunks of federal money, from $ 45,520,000 in transportation projects for Atascosa County in the northern county amount to $15,142,000 for cattle health in Zapata County in the south.
Then there were fears that the March 1 Cisneros victory would give the confident new Republicans the chair. Ms. Cisneros insists she is the answer to the rise of the Republican party, the voice of an outsider to bring hope to disappointments in the region. The redistricting changes have actually made the 28th Democrat a little more democratic, with more voters from San Antonio’s Bexar County, a potential boon to her chances. Cisneros – on Tuesdays and in November. The district has gone from 76.9 percent Hispanics to 75.3 percent, but the slight increase in Anglo voters could really help Cisneros if those new voters are non-Hispanic. libertarian in San Antonio.
But Mr. Cuellar defeated his Republican opponent easily in 2020, with 58 percent of the vote, while Mr. Biden spent 51.5%. Those Trump-Cuellar voters could switch to the Republican nominee emerging from the seven-candidate primary.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/us/politics/latino-politics-jessica-cisneros.html Representing Jessica Cisneros Cuellar’s Progressive Challenges in Texas