And the release this month of a draft decision that revealed the Supreme Court had voted to strike down Roe he upended the race again, putting an uneasy spotlight on Cuellar.
But he had air support from AIPAC’s super PAC and Mainstream Democrats, a group funded by donors including LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman. Together those groups and Cuéllar had been spending much more than Cisneros each week – until this week, when the challenger made a huge ad buy. In particular, Mainstream Democrats’ first announcement muddied the waters on abortion policy in the race, saying that Cuellar “has made it clear that he opposes the abortion ban.”
That comes from Cuellar’s statement after POLITICO reported the Supreme Court’s draft opinion that would overturn Roe, in which he said he does not support abortion but “we cannot have a total ban. There must be exceptions in the case of rape, incest and danger to the life of the mother”.
EMILY’s List trashed the Mainstream Democrats ad in a statement earlier Friday. “No matter what this ad says, Henry Cuellar’s record on abortion rights is clear: He will advance his anti-abortion views at the expense of our health, future and bodily autonomy,” said Laphonza Butler, President from EMILY’s List.
Cisneros has criticized Cuellar, especially recently. From April 1 to May 4, Cisneros raised $1.2 million, according to reports recently filed with the Federal Election Commission. Cuellar raised just $352,000.