Democratic U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, who heads the Congressional Black Caucus, will not be making any endorsement in the newly drawn 33rd Congressional District, which stretches from Fort Worth to Dallas.
"I have not and I will not endorse any candidate in the campaign for U.S. Congress in Texas District 33," according to a statement released Friday. "Any claims to the contrary are false.
"I have made no statement concerning this race nor has anyone on my staff," he said. "Furthermore, I have never had any plans to visit District 33 prior to the elections on May 29."
Eleven Democrats are running in this race: David Alameel, Chrysta L. Castaneda, Domingo Garcia, Jason E. Roberts and Steve Salazar, all of Dallas; Carlos Quintanilla of Irving; City Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks, the Rev. Kyev Tatum, Tarrant County Justice of the Peace Manuel Valdez and state Rep. Marc Veasey, all of Fort Worth; and J.R. Molina of Burleson.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face either Fort Worth’s Chuck Bradley or Red Oak’s Charles King, whichever wins the Republican primary, in November.