Bill Clinton to Stump for Pete Gallego in San Antonio

State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, smiles at a question during a TribLive event with Evan Smith at the Austin Club on February 9, 2012.  Gallego is running for U.S. Congress in the 23rd District against Quico Canseco
State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, smiles at a question during a TribLive event with Evan Smith at the Austin Club on February 9, 2012. Gallego is running for U.S. Congress in the 23rd District against Quico Canseco

Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Texas this week to stump for state Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco in the state's only congressional swing district, the Gallego campaign has announced. 

Clinton will speak at an event Thursday at South San Antonio High School. No time has been announced yet.

“President Clinton's visit will play a huge role in energizing and mobilizing supporters," Gallego said in prepared remarks. "President Clinton is hugely popular and highly regarded around here for his exceptional public service on behalf of middle-class families. It will be an honor to share the stage with President Clinton, particularly at a time when there are many crucial issues facing middle-class families.”

Clinton endorsed Ciro Rodriguez over Gallego in the Democratic primary, but the rare swing seat is a top priority for the Democrats nationally. Two years ago, Canseco, R-San Antonio, rode the Tea Party wave and defeated Rodriguez.

The Gallego campaign is hoping Clinton will boost Democratic turnout. Tickets will be distributed to people who vote early, the campaign said. Early voting begins Monday.

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