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Will he or won’t he? Rep. Joaquin Castro still mulling Texas Senate run

Will he or won’t he? Rep. Joaquin Castro still mulling Texas Senate run

Will he hop into a tough race?

Will Rep. Joaquin Castro toss his hat into the upcoming Texas Senate race? Castro first said in February he’d make his announcement in eight weeks, then said he’d it would be the end of April, only to recently move his self-imposed deadline to “a few more weeks” reports the Texas Tribune.

Should Castro jump in, he’d first have to beat fellow Democratic Congressman, Beto O’Rourke, who declared his candidacy at the end of March, before squaring off against Sen. Ted Cruz.

Castro may have more to lose this go-round than would be worth sacrificing. The Texas Tribune explained:

“I don’t know if he should do it,” the man said, alluding to what would be an uphill battle against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. “He’s got a good thing going.”

It’s the question hanging over the San Antonio Democrat as he nears an announcement on his plans for 2018: Is it worth giving up his seat in Congress, where he has had a steadily growing profile, for a long-shot challenge of Cruz, particularly when another Democrat, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, is already running?

“At the end of the day, it’s all about what’s in his gut,” said Julián Castro, Joaquin Castro’s twin brother and the former U.S. housing secretary. “Is this something where he can best serve the people of Texas and his constituents, and that’s not an easy decision because he’s done a lot of great work in Congress and he has significant committee assignments that allow him to serve his constituents and the American people well.”

Neither O’Rourke nor Castro has garnered support from Texas’ major Democratic donors, who are likely waiting in the wings to see how the Democratic primary shakes out.

A recent poll conducted by the Texas Lyceum showed Castro beating Cruz 35% to 31% and Cruz and O’Rourke tied at 30%.

While Castro weighs his options, O’Rourke is busy holding campaign events all over the Lone Star State, and Cruz’s camp is taunting the opposition:

“Like sand through an hourglass, so are the numbered days before Mr. Castro publicly admits that he will never run for anything more than a safe seat in Congress,” said Jeff Roe, a senior adviser to Cruz. “He was out-maneuvered by the mighty Irishman O’Rourke.”

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Texans are so racist they might choose to have a Cruz versus Castro race.

Castro won’t beat Cruz

    Tom Servo in reply to gonzotx. | April 25, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Agree completely – Castro is the kind of Texas Democrat (like Wendy Davis) who is wildly popular on East and West Coasts, while in Texas, nobody outside of San Antonio even knows who he is. In state, he’s a complete nobody.

    And that Texas Lyceum Poll – they keep running those things, and never acknowledge that over the years, the Texas Lyceum Poll ALWAYS understates Republican support by 10 – 15%. In the last gubernatorial election, the Lyceum poll showed Abbot getting 49% support just before the election – he actually got right at 60% on election day. In 2018, Cruz is going to get that same 60% share no matter who runs against him.

2nd Ammendment Mother | April 25, 2017 at 11:13 am

This ought to be interesting… how many more “wait your turns” will the Castro Brothers take?

They were promised a shot at the Texas Governor’s nomination and then the Dem Powers That Be thought they had a golden ticket with blonde hair, blue eyed, pink running shoed Wendy Davis and her pro-abortion allies (ie Cecille Richards access to Ann Richards old base).

Jullian was tossed the HUD seat as a consolation prize and to groom his credentials for 2016 VP slot on Hillary’s coat tails…. but once again he gets bumped for the perceived need for Tim Kaine’s demographic pull.

I’m guessing Cruz’s seat was the promised consolation prize there because God Bless the dems and their fantasy that they’re turning Texas Blue anytime soon.

But now the Dems have to decide to keep their promise to the Castro’s or prop up the equally ridiculous candidate – Irish, Anglo, pro-pot, pro-immigration – Beto O’Roark (hey, isn’t a white guy called Beto “appropriating” the Castro’s culture?

Hilarity ensues!

    “This ought to be interesting… how many more “wait your turns” will the Castro Brothers take?”

    A pair of glorified Cabana Boys who have no big financial backers and no real political base of their own will take whatever they’re handed, and they will politely say “Thank you sirs, me we have another???”