MCALLEN, Texas – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is showing its ignorance of South Texas by saying it is “moving” a congressional district into its “Red to Blue” program when that district is already “Blue.”

That is the view of Macarena Martinez, Texas communications director for the Republican National Committee. 

The seat in question is Congressional District 15, which is currently held by U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen. Gonzalez, however, is moving to a neighboring district and so CD 15 will be an open seat in the November general election. 

The November matchup will be between Republican Monica De La Cruz, who came close to defeating Gonzalez in the 2020 election, and Democrat Michelle Vallejo. 

“We didn’t think it was possible, but the DCCC once again made fools of themselves,” the RNC’s Martinez told the Rio Grande Guardian. “They recently announced they would be adding TX-15 Democratic nominee, Michelle Vallejo, to their ‘Red to Blue’ program. Add this to the list of ‘Stupid Decisions Made by the DCCC’.”

Though CD 15 is currently held by the Democrats it has been moved into the “Republican-leaning” column by a number of political analysts. That is because following last year’s GOP-controlled redistricting process its boundary lines were changed. It is now, on paper, majority Republican. If the 2020 presidential election had been run in the new-look CD 15, then-President Trump would have won quite comfortably.

“This might come as a surprise to the DCCC, who continues to hemorrhage congressional seats to the GOP, but TX-15 is currently occupied by a Democrat and has been held by a Democrat for a long time,” Martinez said.

As the CD 15 campaign heats up, both camps are calling the other side’s candidate or policies “extreme.” 

A recent news release from Vallejo quoted the candidate as saying, ““The stakes this November are too high — Monica De La Cruz is pushing an extreme right wing agenda that would put our rights on the chopping block. Her tactics would strip us of our dignity and our deep South Texas principles of fighting for a better life, like affordable health care for all, livable wages, and bringing good paying jobs to our frontera. Now more than ever, it is time for the Democratic party to unite behind one candidate who will stand up for our home and community’s interests, not the interests of the far right national agenda. I am humbled by TX-15 voters putting their faith in me. I am ready to fight for us all.”

The RNC shot back: “Not only is the DCCC proving to South Texans that they’re out of touch, but they’re supporting anti-life, extremist candidate, Michelle Vallejo. South Texans are staunchly pro-life and they will turn out to vote for pro-life, Republican candidate Monica De La Cruz in November.”

Martinez added: “By adding TX-15 to their ‘Red to Blue’ program, the DCCC is once again showing just how incompetent they are. It’s clear that they are out of touch with the district and do not understand South Texans, which is why TX-15 will flip Red in November.” 

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Macarena Martinez, Texas communications director for the Republican National Committee.

Editor’s Note: The race for Congressional District 15 will be one of the campaigns the Rio Grande Guardian will be focusing on during the upcoming general election season.


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