|MONICA DE LA CRUZ: EXTREME, SELF-SERVING, TOO TOXIC FOR TEXAS
DE LA CRUZ OPPOSED PANDEMIC AID FOR FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES
As COVID-19 ravaged the nation and cut short hundreds of thousands of American lives, South Texas was one of the hardest hit regions in the country. In 2021, House Democrats passed – without a single Republican vote – the American Rescue Plan, which “puts money into families’ pockets, funds the refitting of classrooms so students can return to school, and helps cities and counties recover from the economic downturn.” As the funding helped local governments ramp up the distribution of vaccines and put money in the pockets of American families, Monica De La Cruz raged against the relief package using debunked Republican talking points, claiming “none of this had anything to do with fighting COVID-19.” She also bizarrely claimed that the American Rescue Plan had led to “the destruction of small businesses,” despite the fact that landmark programs like the Restaurant Revitalization Fund were helping small businesses in the Rio Grande Valley keep their doors open and their employees on payroll. Monica De La Cruz’s preferred approach to crushing the pandemic: Fend for yourself.
WANTS TO GAMBLE WITH TEXANS’ RETIREMENTS
More than 70,000 retired workers in TX-15 rely on the Social Security payments they’ve paid into their entire lives. But if it were up to Monica De La Cruz, Social Security as we know it could be gutted – and with it, Texans’ chances of a dignified retirement. De La Cruz supported privatizing Social Security, risking American seniors’ guaranteed retirement benefits on the stock market.
INFRASTRUCTURE: ONLY A PIPE DREAM ON DE LA CRUZ’S WATCH
Thanks to the House Democrats’ infrastructure plan, South Texas is soon to see a once-in-a-lifetime investment in roads, bridges, pipes, ports, and broadband. It’s expected to bring good-paying jobs and economic growth to the Rio Grande Valley, and will “pay for much-needed repairs” across Texas. But that economic boost and investment in South Texas’s aging infrastructure would have been nothing but a pipe dream if Monica De La Cruz had her way. More than 200 Republicans voted against it – and among them would have been De La Cruz, who slammed the few Republicans who voted for the infrastructure investment and lied about what was in the bill. “Rep. Gonzalez is more worried about your internet connection than the ONE MILLION ILLEGALS,” De La Cruz complained, “Instead of being ‘focused on connectivity’, he should focus in what is REALLY happening in #tx15‼️‼️” Apparently, De La Cruz isn’t aware that 53.7% of TX-15 households were without wireline broadband, while 28.7% had no home internet access of any kind. Opposing jobs, bridges, internet, and roads for Texas: Not the winning issue De La Cruz thinks it is.
DE LA CRUZ OPPOSED RAISES FOR TEACHERS AMID GLOBAL PANDEMIC
Education is the path to the American dream for countless Texas families – whether it’s a four-year degree, trade school, or community college. The South Texas public school system mentors the next generation of workers and ensures they have the tools they need to raise their families and build a life. But Monica De La Cruz opposed a pay increase for local teachers in TX-15 during the pandemic. As parents, students, and teachers navigated virtual learning combined with in-person instruction, De La Cruz belittled their work, calling teaching nothing more than a “babysitting service” and saying a teacher pay raise during the pandemic was “crazy.”
MAKING THE RICH RICHER – PERMANENTLY
Rather than making sure all families in South Texas have the opportunity to build wealth and a path to the American Dream, Monica De La Cruz’s top priority is helping the rich get richer. The Republican Party’s 2017 tax break for massive corporations and billionaires has been projected to increase the national debt by $1.9 trillion over the next decade – and could give S&P 500 companies a huge $1.64 trillion “windfall” with taxpayers footing the bill. Monica De La Cruz vowed to make that tax break permanent.
SHAMELESSLY SPREADING CONSPIRACY THEORIES
To Monica De La Cruz, democracy, law, and order are merely suggestions to be thrown away if they get in between her and her political ambitions. In 2020, De La Cruz showed she was willing to shamelessly lie and cheat to get elected. She’s one of at least twelve “prized recruits” from the NRCC that has embraced Donald Trump’s “big lie” and “sought to undermine the legitimacy of the past elections.” De La Cruz has repeatedly publicly questioned the 2020 election results in Texas, falsely claiming that voter fraud “cost her the race” in 2020 and asserting, without evidence, that Texans cast ballots without being on the voter roll.
PATH TO VICTORY
The path to victory in Texas’s 15th Congressional District remains clear for a Democratic candidate. Texas’s 15th Congressional District is located in the cities of McAllen and Edinburg in the Rio Grande Valley and rural counties to the north. The district is 78.9% Hispanic/Latino (per Census Voting Age Population), and, even under the new district lines, has reliably voted for mostly Democratic candidates. Beto O’Rourke would have carried the district in 2018, earning 56.0% of the major party vote, and Hillary Clinton would have won it in 2016 with 57.1%. Congressional races over the past several cycles would have been Democratic victories, including in 2020 when Democratic candidates (Reps. Gonzalez, Cuellar, and Vela, Jr.) earned 51.2% of the major party vote under the new lines.
Last election, Texas Democrats put public health over politics and hit pause on face-to-face organizing to keep volunteers, staff, and voters safe during the pandemic. Now, we’re on course to resume in-person organizing to reach South Texas communities and mobilize Democratic voters earlier than ever before. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has invested in organizing in TX-15 earlier than any previous election cycle, including full-time staff who will knock doors, make calls, meet with community leaders, register people to vote, and build inroads with Texas’s diverse electorate, including Hispanic voters.
Democrats aren’t taking South Texas for granted, and the enthusiasm on the ground shows that voters are eager to support the party of results. Texas’s 15th District will stay in Democratic hands this November.