Allred Earns Endorsement of Jewish Democratic Council of America

DALLAS – Congressman Colin Allred today announced he has earned the support of the Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA). The JDCA advocates for a just and equitable society, safe and secure Jewish communities, and strong and vibrant democracies in the United States, in Israel, and around the world. Read more about JDCA and their mission here.

“We must all stand together against antisemitism, hate and attacks on our democracy,” said Allred. “I am proud of my record supporting our Democratic ally Israel, and I am honored to earn the endorsement of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, as we work together to beat Ted Cruz, defeat extremism and finally give Texans the leadership we deserve in the U.S. Senate.”

“Representative Colin Allred is an experienced leader who shares our values and stands fervently against the right-wing extremism that puts our community at risk,” said Sam Crystal, JDCA Chief of Staff. “As Texas’s next Senator, Rep. Allred will continue to fight for the issues of importance to Jewish Americans, including defending our democracy,  protecting reproductive freedom, combating antisemitism, and supporting Israel. Ted Cruz has consistently failed to stand up to Donald Trump and emboldens the most dangerous and extreme policies in the GOP. Texans deserve new leadership, and JDCA will get out the Jewish vote to send Colin Allred to the Senate.”

The Jewish Democratic Council of America joins the Texas AFL-CIO, the Human Rights Campaign, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the College Democrats of America, the League of Conservation Voters, End Citizens United // Let America Vote and other organizations in supporting Allred’s candidacy.

He has also earned the backing of a broad coalition of leaders from across Texas including Congress members Veronica Escobar, Joaquin Castro, Lizzie Fletcher and Marc Veasey, State Senators César Blanco, José Menéndez, Carol Alvarado and Royce West, as well as local leaders including El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, and Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

ICYMI: Allred Hosts Health Care Roundtable On Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

San Antonio, TX – On Monday, Congressman Colin Allred led a roundtable discussing the 14th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Allred was joined by Congressman Joaquin Castro, State Rep. Josey Garcia along with doctors and other health care leaders.

The event was covered by the San Antonio Report, which detailed the discussion on how the Affordable Care Act has helped Bexar County residents and the work still needed to ensure more Texans have access to affordable health care. Additionally, Allred, Castro, Garcia all shared personal stories about health care, including Castro’s recent battle with cancer.

Excerpts from the San Antonio Report: 

“[The roundtable discussed] …how San Antonio leaders are dealing with closing hospitals, like one that recently shuttered on the South Side, and a large uninsured population that’s growing as residents who received Medicaid during the pandemic are being removed from the rolls.”

“Allred is running against Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz who famously shut the government down in his crusade against the Affordable Care Act in 2013…”

“But Obamacare has since grown in popularity, and Cruz’s continued efforts to unravel it — by gutting its protections for people with preexisting conditions — provided Democrats with their most effective line of attack against Republicans across the country in 2018.” 

“‘I find it amazing that this guy still wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, wants to go back to the days of folks having a preexisting condition being discriminated against,’ Allred told the gathering Monday.”

“As Allred seeks to bring health care to the forefront in his race, he and his guests, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) and state Rep. Josey Garcia, all opened up about personal experiences with the health care system at Monday’s gathering.”

“Allred, who was raised by a single mother, said he was particularly grateful Obamacare made it so that people can’t be kicked off or denied health insurance for developing a serious illness.”

Read the story here: https://sanantonioreport.org/colin-allred-joaquin-castro-health-care-texas-senate-race-2024/ 

Allred has consistently supported efforts to strengthen the Affordable Care Act by reducing health insurance costs, decreasing the prices of prescription medications, and capping insulin costs at $35 a month for those with Medicare. The Affordable Care Act protects health care access for the 5 million Texans living with pre-existing conditions and provides insurance coverage for nearly 3.5 million Texans.

Ted Cruz Again Opposes Bipartisan Government Funding Bill, Including Millions in New Funding to Secure the Border

DALLAS – Today Ted Cruz once again voted against a package of government funding bills that would keep critical federal agencies open, and boost funding for border security and the Department of Homeland Security. Congressman Colin Allred voted in support of the bipartisan bill, and joined his colleagues in the Democrats for Border Security Task Force in touting the new funds. The Senate voted 74-24 to pass the bill, with Senator John Cornyn in support.

“Today Ted Cruz voted against securing our border and once again put partisan politics ahead of Texas,” said Allred. “I was proud to join a bipartisan coalition to not only fund critical government programs and agencies, but to increase funds to secure our border. This agreement helps fund a record 22,000 Border Patrol Agents, invest in new technology to detect fentanyl and deliver more resources to support our border communities as they deal with this crisis. I will always work with folks in both parties to deliver for Texas and this bill is a good step.”

This is the second of two funding deadlines Congress had to meet to keep the government fully open, and Allred has consistently called for bipartisan compromise to do just that. 

Allred Earns Endorsement of Planned Parenthood Action Fund

DALLAS – Congressman Colin Allred today announced that he earned the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

“Our freedoms are under attack in Texas, like the freedom to get the health care you need, including an abortion,” said Allred. “Women shouldn’t have to flee our state to access lifesaving care, and that’s why I am proud to earn the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. I am honored to work alongside them to restore the freedoms and rights of Texas women, and ensure that they make their own decisions about their health care – not extreme politicians like Ted Cruz.”

“Now more than ever, Texans need leaders who will protect their freedoms, their rights and their health care. Congressman Allred is that leader,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “Ted Cruz praised the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which then left Texans under one of the most extreme and harmful abortion bans in the country. He is one of the most extreme opponents of reproductive rights in Congress, and supports a national abortion ban. Texans simply cannot afford six more years of Ted Cruz. Planned Parenthood Action Fund will fight to elect Congressman Allred and give Texans the Senator they deserve.”

After calling the Dobbs decision a “massive victory” and fighting for years to implement a national ban with no exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother, Texans are going to hold Ted Cruz accountable for the impact his actions have had on women across Texas.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund joins the Texas AFL-CIO, the Human Rights Campaign, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, the College Democrats of America, the League of Conservation Voters, End Citizens United // Let America Vote and other organizations in supporting Allred’s candidacy.

He has also earned the backing of a broad coalition of leaders from across Texas including Congressmembers Veronica Escobar, Joaquin Castro, Lizzie Fletcher and Marc Veasey, State Senators César Blanco, José Menéndez, Carol Alvarado and Royce West, as well as local leaders including El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, and Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

Allred Statement on News LNG Pause Will Last Less Than A Year

DALLAS – Congressman Colin Allred today released the following statement after U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stated that the Administration’s pause on new and pending liquified natural gas (LNG) exports will end within a year.

“I will always support Texas energy, and we must take an all-of-the-above approach to maintaining our energy independence, creating jobs and protecting the planet. Though this guidance should have come sooner, I’m glad it makes clear that this pause on new and pending LNG exports is not a ban,” said Allred. “I again urge the Administration to utilize our domestic LNG supply to both fortify our allies in Europe so they don’t have to rely on Russian gas, to reduce emissions as the global energy supply shifts away from coal and to support thousands of Texas jobs.”

Allred joined his colleagues after the pause on new LNG exports was announced in urging the Administration to refocus policies that support LNG exports.

Allred Earns Backing of Union that Represents Customs and Border Protection Officers

DALLAS – Today, Congressman Colin Allred is announcing he has earned the endorsement of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which represents federal employees including 29,000 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees who staff more than 300 ports of entry, in his race for U.S. Senate. Allred’s grandfather served as a Customs Officer in Brownsville after serving in the Navy during WWII.

I had the honor of meeting with CBP officers in El Paso last summer and I heard from them the challenges they are facing in dealing with surges of migrants and stopping fentanyl from entering our country,” said Allred. “These brave officers need a Senator who will act to give them the resources they need to do their jobs and keep us safe. I am proud to earn NTEU’s endorsement and will always work to ensure our federal employees, especially our CBP officers, have the support they need to succeed.”

Your commitment to ensuring that federal agencies, especially those charged with protecting the border like Customs and Border Protection, are properly funded and staffed is one of the many reasons why Texans should vote for you for Senate,” said NTEU National President Doreen Greenwald. “You understand first-hand the challenges facing federal workers and how hard they work to serve the American people and you have fought alongside them to ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect.”

NTEU joins the Texas AFL-CIO, AFGE, LiUNA, IBEW, and the Texas State Legislative Board for Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen in supporting Allred’s candidacy. He has also earned the backing of a broad coalition of leaders from across Texas including Congress members Veronica Escobar, Joaquin Castro, Lizze Fletcher and Marc Veasey, State Senators César Blanco, José Menéndez, Carol Alvarado and Royce West, as well as local leaders including El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, and Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

ICYMI: After Decisive Primary Win, Allred Continues Gaining Momentum to Beat Ted Cruz

DALLAS – One week after Colin Allred won the Democratic nomination with a resounding outright victory, momentum continues to build behind Allred’s campaign to defeat Ted Cruz.

Since launching his campaign for the U.S. Senate against Ted Cruz last year, Allred has set fundraising records – raising over $21.5 million through the March primary and garnering support from more than 220,000 individual donors, including contributions from 246 out of 254 Texas counties.

Experts and analysts are lauding Allred’s win, his strong campaign, and polls already show the race between Allred and Cruz is tied.

Here’s what they’re saying:

  • Dallas Morning News“Allred won by a landslide with 59.1% of the vote… Allred has kept his campaign message focused largely on criticism of Cruz, support for abortion rights and sharing his life’s story.”

  • Houston Chronicle“The results indicate Allred’s approach, pitching himself to voters as a pragmatic and bipartisan alternative who has proven he can beat an incumbent Republican, appealed to the state’s Democrats.”

  • Texas Tribune: “Allred attributed his success to his close community ties and bridge-building ability. He proudly touts his endorsements from the AFL-CIO labor union and the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce. More than 70% of bills he’s cosponsored have been bipartisan.”

  • WFAA“Colin Allred is your overwhelming Primary winner and now the Representative of Dallas and Collin county is set for a showdown with Ted in November. Allred brought home 59% of the votes leaving the other candidates far behind.”

  • The New York Times“Mr. Allred, 40, presented himself during the campaign as an across-the-aisle politician with a working-class upbringing who could appeal to a wide range of voters.”

  • The New Republic: “Hopes are rising again this week, after Representative Colin Allred, a former NFL player and civil rights lawyer, captured the Democratic nomination to unseat Senator Ted Cruz.”

Leaders across Texas are throwing their support behind Allred as well. He earned several endorsements in recent days, including elected officials who had endorsed other primary candidates and the backing of Giffords, Dream for America and Brady PAC.

Here’s what Texas leaders are saying about why they’re backing Allred:

  • Beto O’Rourke said: “Colin Allred knows that we can only achieve great things when we unite around our shared values as Texans and as Americans. I’m proud to endorse him and I hope you’ll join me in putting in the work to send him to the Senate.”

  • Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) said: “I’m proud to support my friend and colleague Congressman Colin Allred in his campaign to give families from San Antonio and all across our great state the leadership they deserve.”

  • State Senator Carol Alvarado (Houston) said: “In a time when we’ve lost the fundamental right to choose what happens to our bodies, our freedom to vote is under constant attack and Texans are struggling to make ends meet, we need a U.S. Senator who will fight every single day for Texans. We need Colin Allred.”

  • State Senator José Menéndez (San Antonio) said: “San Antonions need a U.S. Senator who is able to work with their colleagues on all sides to serve the needs of Texas families. Colin Allred has distinguished himself as a commonsense problem solver and I know he will make us proud in the Senate. I am proud to endorse his campaign and make sure we have representation for all Texans!”

In Strong Show of Unity, Allred Begins General Election Earning Support of Leaders From Across Texas

DALLAS – Following his decisive primary victory earlier this week, Congressman Colin Allred is announcing he has earned the endorsement of leaders from across Texas including several elected officials who had endorsed other primary candidates.

“Ted Cruz is a lead architect of the attacks on our democracy and the culture wars concocted to divide us,” said Beto O’Rourke. “Colin Allred knows that we can only achieve great things when we unite around our shared values as Texans and as Americans. I’m proud to endorse him and I hope you’ll join me in putting in the work to send him to the Senate.”

“I’m proud to support my friend and colleague Congressman Colin Allred in his campaign to give families from San Antonio and all across our great state the leadership they deserve,” said Congressman Joaquin Castro. “I’ve seen firsthand what a thoughtful leader Colin is, and I couldn’t be more excited for him to finally unseat Ted Cruz.”

“In a time when we’ve lost the fundamental right to choose what happens to our bodies, our freedom to vote is under constant attack and Texans are struggling to make ends meet, we need a U.S. Senator who will fight every single day for Texans. We need Colin Allred,” said State Senator Carol Alvarado. “Time and again, Ted Cruz has shown he can’t be trusted to put Texans before his own interests. He’s leading the charge to further chip away women’s rights and we must hold him accountable this November.”

In addition to these leaders, Allred is proud to earn the endorsement of: 

  • State Senator Royce West
  • State Senator José Menéndez
  • State Senator Sarah Eckhardt
  • State Senator Chuy Hinojosa
  • State Senator Nathan Johnson
  • State Representative James Talarico
  • State Representative Gene Wu
  • State Representative Joe Moody
  • State Representative Salman Bhojani
  • State Representative Eddie Morales
  • State Representative Claudia Ordaz Perez
  • State Representative Josey Garcia
  • State Representative Ann Johnson
  • State Representative Erin Zweiner
  • State Representative Sergio Muñoz Jr.
  • State Representative Erin Gamez
  • State Representative Liz Campos
  • State Representative Diego Bernal
  • State Representative Nicole Collier
  • State Representative Ana Hernandez
  • State Representative Gina Hinojosa
  • State Representative Jessica Gonzalez
  • State Representative Terry Meza
  • State Representative Oscar Longoria
  • State Representative Terry Canales
  • State Representative Mihaela Plesa
  • State Representative Jon Rosenthal
  • State Representative Barbara Gervin-Hawkins
  • State Representative Armando Walle
  • State Representative Vicki Goodwin
  • State Representative Julie Johnson
  • Harris County Commissioner Lesley Briones
  • Harris County Attorney Christian Menafee
  • El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser
  • El Paso City Council Member Art Fierro
  • Houston City Council Member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz
  • Houston City Council Member Martha Castex-Tatum
  • Houston City Council Member Letitia Plummer
  • Houston City Council Member Sallie Alcorn
  • Houston City Council Member Abbie Kamin
  • Houston City Council Member Tarsha Jackson
  • Hidalgo County Clerk Laura Hinojosa
  • Hidalgo County Treasurer Lita Leo
  • Hidalgo County Democratic Party Chair Richard Gonzales
  • Former Congressman Gene Green
  • Former Congressman Nick Lampson
  • Former Congressman Jim Turner
  • Former Congressman Mike Andrews
  • Former Congressman Max Sandlin
  • Former Congressman Bill Sarpalius
  • Former Congressman Jim Chapman
  • Former Congressman Martin Frost

These endorsements are in addition to early support Allred received from a diverse coalition of Texas leaders from across the state including Congress members Veronica Escobar, Lizzie Fletcher, Marc Veasey, Houston Mayor Emeritus Sylvester Turner, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, State Senator César Blanco, State Representative Senfronia Thompson. As well as groups such as the Texas AFL-CIO, Human Rights Campaign, Congressional Black Caucus PAC, and End Citizens United//Let America Vote.

Colin Allred Best Positioned to Defeat Ted Cruz

TO: Interested Parties and Stakeholders
FROM: Paige Hutchinson, Campaign Manager, Colin Allred for Senate
DATE: March 6, 2024
SUBJECT: Colin Allred Best Positioned to Defeat Ted Cruz

Colin Allred demonstrated his broad appeal across Texas on Tuesday, winning an outright majority in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, and heading into the general election with significant momentum to beat Ted Cruz.

Historic voting patterns and conventional wisdom held that Allred would be unable to hit 50% in the primary and would be forced into a runoff in a field of nine candidates, including other elected officials like State Senator Roland Gutierrez, State Rep. Carl Sherman and former Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez. But Allred was endorsed by every major newspaper that weighed in, with the Dallas Morning News writing that “he is the singular candidate who gives Democrats hope to unseat incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.” Allred’s compelling personal story and commitment to standing up for Texans’ freedoms won over voters in every corner of the state, leading to an over 40-point primary victory.

Since launching his campaign for the U.S. Senate against Ted Cruz last year, Allred has set fundraising records – raising over $21.5 million through the March primary and garnering support from more than 220,000 individual donors, including contributions from 246 out of 254 Texas counties.

A fourth generation Texan, Allred is building the broad, diverse coalition it takes to win

Colin Allred has a uniquely Texas story. Born and raised in Dallas by a single mom who was a public school teacher and often worked two jobs to make ends meet, Allred earned a full-ride scholarship to play football at Baylor University. After playing 5 seasons as a linebacker in the NFL, he went to law school, practiced as a civil rights attorney, and then was elected to Congress in 2018.

Allred defeated GOP Rep. Pete Sessions, a 22-year incumbent and committee chair, by a resounding 6 points in a district evaluated by pundits as R+5. In 2020, he maintained his margin against a fully-funded, well-connected opponent. Allred has proven he can win tough races in a suburban swing district that mirrors key battleground counties in Texas.To win statewide, our campaign will replicate and scale how Allred was able to flip a seat in 2018: by building a broad, diverse coalition of support – and turning them out to vote.

Delivering real results for Texas families, not dividing us and inflaming culture wars

While Ted Cruz podcasts three times a week, sells books to inflame culture wars, and takes every opportunity to go on conservative media, Congressman Allred has remained focused on delivering for Texas families.

Named the most bipartisan member of the Texas Congressional delegation by the Common Ground Committee, Allred has shown he’s more focused on getting things done than playing politics. He’s partnered with Republicans on major bipartisan initiatives such as:

Raising the resources needed to mount a Texas-sized, winning campaign

Texas is home to 30 million people, spread across nearly 20 media markets, and Allred has proven he can raise the resources needed to communicate with Texans. Since launching his campaign, Allred has set fundraising records and outraised Ted Cruz in every quarter he’s been in the race.

  • Over $21.5 million brought in since launch

  • Donations from 246 of Texas’ 254 counties

  • Donations from over 220,000 unique supporters

  • Average donation is $34.41

  • 93% of donations are under $100

Ted Cruz is beatable
After Allred’s launch last year, prognosticators increased Cruz’s chances of losing the race and since then polls show this race is tied.

The last time Cruz was up for re-election, he came within 2 points of losing. Since then, Cruz has incited a deadly insurrection, fled the state during a natural disaster that killed hundreds of Texans,  and celebrated the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Health care will be a major issue in the 2024 race and Cruz’s decade-long crusade to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, from 2013 up until now, will be front and center. Cruz’s plan would upend life for millions of Texans, raising costs and gutting protections for Texans with pre-existing conditions. In addition, Cruz is the author of a national abortion ban proposal. And as IVF procedures are put in jeopardy for thousands of women and their families, Ted Cruz will have to answer for blocking an effort to streamline passage of a federal bill protecting IVF and his support of a Personhood Amendment to the Constitution that would make health clinics and mothers criminally liable.

Onthe border, Cruz “touts his role in killing” the bipartisan bill in the Senate that would have brought billions of dollars to Texas to secure the border and help our overwhelmed border communities who are bearing the brunt of migrants coming to the country.

Texans can’t afford six more years of Ted Cruz in the Senate. As we kick off the general election, the Allred campaign remains confident that we are on a path to victory. As Colin said when he launched this campaign: we don’t have to be embarrassed by our Senator anymore. Next year, we will get a new one.

Allred Statement on Resounding Victory in U.S. Senate Primary

Congressman Allred proves he has built the coalition and infrastructure needed to defeat Ted Cruz

DALLAS – Tonight, Colin Allred, a fourth generation Texan, former NFL linebacker and Congressman for Texas’ 32nd Congressional district, won a resounding victory in the U.S. Senate primary. Allred’s strong support enabled him to win an outright majority of Texas voters and avoid a runoff.

Ted Cruz has had 12 years of pitting us against each other. It’s time we had a Senator who will bring us together, I’ll be that Senator. We’ve had enough of me guys. We is much more powerful than me. We can do this together,” Allred said in his victory speech.

Congressman Allred was named the most bipartisan member of the Texas Congressional delegation by the Common Ground Committee and has shown time and time again he’s more focused on getting things done than playing politics.

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz continues to be more interested in becoming a media personality than working for Texans. Since almost losing his 2018 race, Cruz has “touted his role in killing” the bipartisan border security billfled the state during a natural disaster that killed hundreds of Texans, voted several times to increase costs and take health care away from Texans, and celebrated the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

With polls showing the race tied, Congressman Allred heads into the general election having raised over $21.5 million through the March primary and outraising Ted Cruz every quarter he has been in the race.

Following Weekend Campaigning in Houston, Allred Earns the Endorsement of State Rep. Senfronia Thompson

Houston, TX – After a weekend of campaign stops in Houston, Congressman Colin Allred announced that he has earned the endorsement of Houston State Representative and Dean of Women Legislators, Senfronia Thompson. Rep. Thompson is the longest serving African-American and woman in Texas history.

“Representative Thompson is a Texas legend, not only because of the barriers she has broken during her service, but because of her work to deliver for our state. Her effectiveness is unparalleled and I am inspired by her work to ensure Texas and our country live up to our founding promise,” said Allred. “I’m honored to earn her endorsement and look forward to partnering with her to continue making things better for Texans.”

Statement from Representative Senfronia Thompson
Throughout my time in the State House, I have been effective because I have reached across the aisle to get things done. I see that same spirit reflected in Colin Allred’s work in Congress and that is why I am proud to endorse him. As the first Black Senator from Texas, he will make us all proud and inspire the next generation of Texans to serve our state and chase their dreams.”

Representative Thompson joins other Houston-area leaders who are backing Allred including Mayor Emeritus Sylvester Turner, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Controller Chris Hollins.

While in Houston, Allred had the honor to worship and speak with the congregations of the Church Without Walls and Fallbrook Church. He also sat down with KHOU to discuss why he is the best person to beat Ted Cruz and begin serving Texans on day one.

VIDEO: Allred Votes Early in Dallas and Encourages Texans to Make a Plan to Vote on Election Day, March 5

DALLAS – Congressman Colin Allred and his wife Aly Eber voted early today at Fretz Park Library in Dallas, near the neighborhood where Allred grew up. Allred encouraged Texans to vote in the Democratic primary on Election Day, March 5.


“Together we are going to elect the real leadership Texans deserve in the U.S. Senate,” said Allred. “Every voice and every vote matters, and I encourage Texans to join us by making a plan to vote this Tuesday, March 5.”

Allred encouraged supporters to visit colinallred.com/vote to find voting information.

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