Pelosi did not endorse Cuellar for the initial primary race, but during a visit to Austin on Wednesday, she affirmed her support for the Laredo Democrat.
“I support my starters,” Pelosi said, according to the Texas Tribune. “I support them all, from right to left. That’s what I do.
Cuellar, a centrist Democrat who has represented Texas’ 28th District for nearly two decades, made headlines when the FBI raided his home and campaign headquarters on January 19. The member of Congress claimed his innocence and vowed to stay in the race but did not specify why he is under investigation.
According to the Tribune, Pelosi said “I don’t know what it is,” after a reporter asked her about the investigation.
“I didn’t see anything, did I?” said Pelosi. “Do you know what this is about?”
Spokespersons for Cuellar and Cisneros did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Republicans believe they can unseat the historically Blue District, which encompasses large swathes of Laredo and San Antonio, in November’s general election.
The GOP primary in the district also resulted in a runoff, in which Cassy Garcia, a former staffer of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), will face Sandra Whitten, who was the party’s 2020 nominee for the district. . Cuellar beat Whitten by over 45,000 votes that year.
Pelosi had endorsed Cuellar in previous re-election bids, including his last in 2020, when Cisneros got just 2,700 votes after defeating him. Prior to his endorsement on Wednesday, however, Cuellar had only received support from Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), the No. 2 House Democrat.
Cisneros, 28, has been endorsed by liberal lawmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), who campaigned with her.