Former Rep. Cuellar intern challenging 8-time incumbent in primary

Jessica Cisneros and Henry Cuellar

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, has a challenger in the Democratic primary for Texas’ 28th District — newcomer Jessica Cisneros, a 26-year-old immigration and human rights lawyer.

The Laredo native has the support of Justice Democrats, a progressive group that backed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her upset win against Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent of New York’s 14th District.

Cisneros told the Laredo Morning News she got the idea of running for Congress interning for Cuellar in Washington, D.C., five years ago.

“I saw firsthand how he was silent on certain issues,” she told the paper. “He took the people of South Texas for granted. It was a very insightful experience. And that’s when I (thought), ‘You know what, that’s going to be me one day running for Congress.

“I’m going to listen to the issues that South Texans want to be addressed. I’m going to listen to the people, and I’m going to be a fierce advocate for them.'”

Cisneros has vowed not to accept donations from lobbyists and political actions committees.