Cuellar likely to skip Democratic Convention

U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, is the latest Democratic office holder likely to skip the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Politico reports.

Cuellar told the publication that he had already attended the Texas state Democratic Convention in Houston this summer and preferred to spend more time in the district and focus on his reelection.

One of the more conservative Democrats in Congress, Cuellar also holds an influential position as vice chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Several other notable Democrats, including Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, plan to skip the convention as well. While both McCaskill and Tester face tough bids for reelection, Cuellar will run against little-known Republican William R. Hayward of San Marcos.

Hayward, who has worked as a government contractor since 2004, has not reported any campaign fundraising numbers to the Federal Elections Commission. Cuellar reported more than $600,000 cash on hand in a May campaign finance report.

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