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Republican Cassy Garcia, candidate for Congress in Texas’ 18th District, is giving South Texas a lot to talk about in a race that appears to be close against Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar heading into the midterms.
Garcia’s latest political hit was the release of an ethics pledge singling out his opponent Cuellar, and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, for “corruption” and a lack of voter confidence in elected officials.
“South Texas deserves elected representatives who pride themselves on honesty and integrity. Members of Congress should be focused on the issues that impact their community, not be tied up in FBI criminal investigations or corruption concerns —and if they are, they should be ousted from office,” Cassy Garcia said in a public statement released on September 26.
The Republican pointed to the FBI’s raid on Congressman Cuellar’s home and office in an operation related to an investigation linked to Azerbaijan and a group of American businessmen with apparent connections to the former Soviet republic, as reported last January by CBS News.
“Due to the FBI’s criminal investigation and subsequent raid on Rep. Henry Cuellar’s home in Laredo, voters will go to the polls in November knowing they cannot trust their sitting representative. Ethics are an integral part of serving in the House of Representatives and trust is at an all-time low in those who control it. These politicians, led by Nancy Pelosi, who endorsed Cuellar, have taken advantage of the American people for too long by enriching themselves and their family members.”
Therefore, the congressional candidate pledged to publicly respect 5 points that, she suggests, Democrats Cuellar and Pelosi are not fulfilling:
- I will not use my position for personal financial gain, nor trade stocks while in office.
- I will not funnel six figures worth of campaign funds to fly in my own private plane.
- I will not waste hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to run TV commercials for my reelection.
- I will not take unnecessary trips overseas at the taxpayers’ expense.
- I will not engage in illegal activities that will lead to an FBI raid on my home.
Over the past few years, Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, has been questioned for his stock market investments, which have enjoyed a strangely appropriate timing, earning him significant financial returns.
Paul Pelosi’s trading prowess has sparked speculation that the Pelosi’s are insider investors.
Cassy Garcia and an open letter to her “neighbors”
The Republican also sent a letter to Texas voters asserting that they need to replace Cuellar as a representative to Congress because the Democrat is not a trustworthy official.
Garcia explained that the FBI raid on Cuellar’s offices and home demonstrates why a change in leadership is necessary, leveraging the famed phrase “tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are.”
“My mom called me to ask if I had seen the reports. She reminded me, as she has many times before, “tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are (in Spanish dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres). South Texas, we do not need Henry Cuellar’s company because we are not like him,” the Republican maintained.
“Throughout this campaign, I’ve talked with many voters who believe this is a mark on his character and something he can’t get out of by simply promising people funding for certain projects. Once your morals are compromised, there’s no turning back and we need leaders who will remain focused on the issues that are impacting our families.”
Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón is a journalist at El American specializing in the areas of American politics and media analysis // Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón es periodista de El American especializado en las áreas de política americana y análisis de medios de comunicación.
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