Joaquín Castro Considering Senate Run in 2020
Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX)is seriously considering a challenge to incumbent Republican Senator John Cornyn in 2020. The reports were confirmed by twin brother and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro who, on the campaign trail in Las Vegas, told The Associated Press that Joaquín was thinking about challenging Cornyn. “I think he’d beat him,” Julián Castro said. “My brother would win.” A campaign advisor to Joaquín Castro, Matt Jones, also confirmed it on Friday. “Congressman Castro will seriously consider running for Senate in 2020,” he said. “Right now, he's focused on protecting Texans – and all Americans – from the most consequential challenge to our constitutional separation of powers that we have seen in a generation. He will not stand by while the President attempts to unilaterally strip Texans of their land to build a wall in a manner that most Americans, especially Texans, disagree with." The Beat DC reported last week that Joaquín Castro was spearheading House Democrats’ successful efforts to pass a resolution he drafted to block Donald Trump’s emergency declaration -- something 60% of registered Texas voters oppose according to a Quinnipiac poll released last week. Even though the Lone Star State continues to inch towards becoming a purple state, Castro faces an uphill climb -- Cornyn won 61.6% of the vote in 2014. However, Julián Castro’s presidential run, as well as a potential Beto O’Rourke bid -- especially if one of them ends up on the ticket -- could significantly boost Joaquín Castro’s senatorial bid. Stay tuned. More here.