Momentum Builds For Pete Gallego's Campaign

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Pete Gallego's momentum continues to increase. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has singled out his race as a great opportunity to replace a Republican with a Democrat, naming him to the Red-to-Blue list officially this week. CD-23 had previously been on the “emerging districts” list. The DCCC's Red-to-Blue program lends “financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support” to campaigns like Gallego's.

A Democratic super PAC, House Majority PAC, has also reserved airtime in Congressional District 23 on Pete's behalf. This type of financial support is huge for the campaign.

Manwhile, Pete's opponent, Republican Francisco Canseco, has been named to the League of Conservation Voters' “Flat Earth Five.” These are the top five anti-environment congressman whom the LCV will devote $1.5 million to defeating this election cycle. “If Rep. Canseco can't acknowledge basic scientific facts, he shouldn't be serving in Congress,” said Navin Nayak, Senior Vice President of LCV Campaigns.

From the Gallego campaign's release:

Pete Gallego Earns Spot in DCCC's Competitive Red-to-Blue Program

San Antonio, TX // Pete Gallego announced today that he has earned a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's (DCCC) highly competitive Red-to-Blue program. Gallego has surpassed demanding fundraising, organizing, and infrastructure goals and skillfully demonstrated to voters that he is a problem-solver who will stand up to radical partisan extremists and protect the middle class when elected to Congress.

“I am honored that so many people from San Antonio to El Paso, and from Eagle Pass to Alpine, have joined our grassroots campaign to create jobs, fight for middle class families, and protect Medicare, Social Security and veterans' benefits,” said Gallego. “After a long primary campaign, we have united Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike who want a congressman who will work for Southwest Texas, not Washington, DC. Being named to the Red-to-Blue program is proof that we have the support, confidence, and momentum it takes to win in November.”

The DCCC's Red-to-Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.

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