Last week, Julián Castro, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and current candidate for the 2020 Presidential election, hinted on twitter that his brother, Joaquin Castro would be making a run for Texas Senator John Cornyn’s seat.
Now, the Latino Victory Fund is showing their support by making their own push to have Joaquin Castro run for Cornyn’s seat, which includes a website they created – runjoaquinrun.com. In addition, they have also acquired statement from Democratic members of Texas’ congressional delegation encouraging Castro to run for the seat. The members include Veronica Escobar, Vicente Gonzalez, Sylvia Garcia and Filemón Vela.
The Latino Victory Fund will be targeting Latino voters in hopes of generating grassroots support for Joaquin, the Fund said in a statement.
Melissa Mark-Viverito, the interim President for the Latino Victory Fund, released a statement explaining that “Congressman Joaquin Castro’s decades-long public service record makes him the most qualified and viable candidate to flip this Senate seat, and it’s why Latino Victory Fund is launching this draft campaign to encourage him to run.” Furthermore, Mark-Viverito detailed that “Senator John Cornyn grows increasingly out of touch with Texas” and that “Congressman Castro has consistently been a fighter for the Latino community and a champion for Texas.”
So, she praised the Congressman by saying that “there is no doubt that Senator Cornyn is vulnerable, and we are ready to build a grassroots army to recruit and support Joaquin Castro to run and win in 2020.”
In his tweet last week, Julián Castro indicated that he would “have some company on the campaign trail soon.” In addition, he endorsed a Senate run from his brother, describing Joaquin as someone that “would work hard for Texans, not for cozy Washington insiders.”
However, Joaquin has not made a decision concerning a potential Senate run, and his campaign advisor, Matthew Jones, has only stated that Joaquin will “be making an announcement in the very near future.”