Silvestre Reyes has capably represented his El Paso constituents, and is deserving of another term in Congress.
Reyes is a solid Democratic vote and a dedicated representative who has delivered for his district, including securing substantial funding for border security. He also brought home $1 billion in federal stimulus funds to the district, providing for projects at Fort Bliss, the El Paso Housing Authority, and Sun Metro, among others. He is a staunch advocate for Vietnam veterans as a ranking member of the Veterans Affairs committee.
Challenger Beto O'Rourke caught our attention, and while we are excited to see a young Democrat making a bid for office, we do not believe that he has articulated a meaningful reason to change representatives. We also have qualms about O'Rourke's support of Republican Jay Kleberg in 2010, when Kleberg was running in the Republican primary against Dee Margo, after which the winner would challenge Democrat Joe Moody in the general election. Had Kleberg won, O'Rourke would have been supporting someone actively campaigning to unseat a Democratic legislator.
This will be a close race owing to changes to the 16th during the redistricting process. That's one reason why both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have endorsed Reyes for re-election. We join them in urging voters to support Silvestre Reyes in CD-16.
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