Michelle Vallejo removes progressive priorities from website
August 17, 2022
The Washington Free Beacon reports that TX-15 Democratic congressional candidate Michelle Vallejo has revamped her website’s “priorities” page to “remove all mentions of ‘Medicare For All,’ a ‘federal jobs guarantee program,’ and the need to ‘forgive all student loan debt.'”
Does Vallejo still believe in Medicare for All, a federal program to guarantee jobs and forgive all student loan debt? Why did she remove political positions from her site?
Vallejo is ready to say and do anything to get elected.
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She won her primary in Texas as a shameless liberal. Now Michelle Vallejo is abandoning her far-left politics.
Washington’s Free Beacon
August 17, 2022
South Texas Democrat Michelle Vallejo won a bitter primary fight by embracing a slew of far-left policies. Now, the congressional hopeful is abandoning those progressive positions as a tough election campaign approaches.
Vallejo emerged from a tight runoff in Texas’ 15th congressional district in May, beating fellow Democrat Ruben Ramirez by just 30 votes. At the time, the self-proclaimed “progressive small business owner” openly touted her support for Medicare for All, a federal jobs guarantee, and student debt forgiveness — policy positions that won her the endorsement of the Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Washington). Vallejo’s campaign site also expressed resentment of America’s “racist criminal justice system” and called for protecting “trans and queer South Texans.”
But now, as Vallejo faces an uphill electoral battle against Republican Monica De La Cruz, she is running away from the same policies that helped her attract liberal primary voters just months ago. Between late July and mid-August, according to the Internet Archive, the Democrat updated her campaign site to remove all mentions of “Medicare For All,” a “federal jobs guarantee program,” and the need to “forgive any student loan debt”. Vallejo’s “LGBTQ+ Justice” section, meanwhile, no longer includes the word “trans,” and the Democrat’s border policy blurb now calls for investing in the same law enforcement system on immigration which she described as “racist”.
The redesign of the Vallejo campaign site is a clear attempt by the progressive Democrat to rebrand herself as a moderate as she races in a newly drawn district that President Donald Trump won by nearly 3 points. It’s also an implicit admission that the liberal wing of the Democratic Party has become too “woke” for many South Texas Hispanics — a development that Republicans say has helped them make inroads in the Rio Valley. Grande, a historic Democratic stronghold.
Still, Vallejo’s decision to abandon the progressive positions that defined his primary campaign could divide Democratic voters in the district as November approaches. In addition to Warren and Jayapal, Vallejo won primary election endorsement from Lupe Votes, a South Texas liberal group that supports Medicare for All, a federal job guarantee, student loan forgiveness and others. progressive policies. Texas College Democrats also supported Vallejo ahead of the May primary, citing the Democrats’ “resolutely progressive campaign.” None of these groups returned requests for comment. Vallejo’s campaign also did not return a request for comment.
Overall, almost none of Vallejo’s political “priorities” made it to his general election campaign site.
The Democrat’s health care section was previously titled “Health Care for All” and included explicit support for a “universal, single-payer health care system.” This section is now titled “Affordable, High-Quality Health Care” and replaces the call for Medicare for All with a watered-down commitment to “Expand Medicare.”
Likewise, Vallejo removed the word “climate” from its energy policy header. She also replaced her support for a Green New Deal “federal jobs guarantee” — which would cost up to $44.6 trillion — with a line touting the “bipartisan infrastructure bill that will bring in billions of dollars.” south of Texas”.
Vallejo also touts his newfound bipartisan good faith in his updated political sections on the southern border and the Second Amendment.
His “Immigration” policy blurb – previously titled “Embracing the Border + Immigration Justice” – no longer attacks America’s “racist criminal justice system” and calls for “moving a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Americans. Instead, he declares the need to make “an investment in border infrastructure” and to naturalize only illegal immigrants “who have worked hard, obeyed the law and contributed to their communities.” Vallejo added a line to his “End Gun Violence” section, which assures voters that the Democrat “grew up shooting gun ranges and hunting on family ranches” and “strongly supports the bipartisan violence bill.” Gun Safety written by Texas Senator John Cornyn.
Beyond the border and gun rights, Vallejo’s “LGBTQ + Justice” policy side once said that “lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer South Texans deserve protection and equal justice”. It now reads, “Every South Texan deserves equal protection and justice.” Also, Vallejo’s new segment on “Affordable Education” was formerly titled “Free Public College and Trade School + Eliminate Student Debt.” The Democrat’s updated version no longer calls for ‘forgiving any student debt’, but does note that Vallejo is ‘still paying off her student loans’, which she acquired as an Ivy League student at the Columbia University in New York.
There is, however, a political position that Vallejo defends after his primary victory. Its old and new pages stress the need to “end mandatory minimum sentences, cash bail, solitary confinement, private prisons, qualified immunity and prioritize investment in resources and mental health services for our community”.
Vallejo’s decision to drop his public support for various left-leaning policies comes after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added congressional hope from South Texas to its “Red to Blue” program, which “arms candidates level of organizational support and fundraising to help them”. continue to build strong campaigns and win in November. It’s unclear if the band played a role in Vallejo’s about-face, as the DCCC did not return a request for comment.
Vallejo will face De La Cruz in November. The 2020 Republican narrowly lost to incumbent Democrat Vicente Gonzalez in a tighter-than-expected race — Gonzalez then opted to run in a nearby neighborhood that’s more solidly blue. De La Cruz, who describes herself as a “proud small business owner” and a “woman of faith,” raised $2.9 million to Vallejo’s $700,000.