Pro-Immigrant Congressman Plotting Run Against Cruz


Democratic representative, Joaquin Castro (D-Tx) whose twin brother, Julián Castro, was the last housing secretary under President Barack Obama, said he might challenge Senator Ted Cruz in the 2018 Texas Senate race.

Castro said he believes “we’re moving closer” to the potential of turning Texas blue, noting that Hillary Clinton won two Texas Republican districts in 2016.

During an interview with Buzzfeed Brews, Castro said, “I said that I’ll take a look at it and I will,” Castro said. “Obviously if you’re going to run in Texas, it’s a large state, you need a lot of money and a lot of time to mount a serious campaign. But I do think that there’s going to be a real opportunity for Democrats in Texas and across the nation, really, because Donald Trump is leading the country in the wrong direction and unfortunately, senators like Ted Cruz are following right along with him.”

Castro claimed Cruz hasn’t accomplished much for his constituents, “There’s no question it would be a tough race and he would have a lot of money and he is really beloved by his base — you’ve gotta give him credit for that,” Castro said, “but at the same time, he really has not done much for the people of Texas.”

Castro was asked about the possibility of Texas ever becoming a blue state and he responded, “I do think it’s possible. It has been very tough. And it’s a large state, so once you get in a hole, it’s tough to climb out of because it costs a lot of money to run campaigns in that state. But I do believe we’re moving closer.”

Castro said he will make a decision by spring on whether he will run against Cruz.

He speculated, “I think in the coming years, especially because you’ve got Donald Trump in the White House, I think you’re going to see a lot of gains in state legislative races for Democrats,” Castro said. “I think it’s possible to win in the next few years a state-wide race.”

Democratic Rep. Castro skipped Trump’s inauguration on Friday. “Nobody did it with any animus,” he said, adding: “Winning an election doesn’t necessarily earn you any respect.”

Buzzfeed touted Castro and his twin brother, Julián Castro, as “rising stars” in the Democratic Party.  Their mother, Maria del Rosario Castro, was one of the original founders of the radical, pro-immigrant group, La Raza.

H/T: Buzzfeed

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