U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, said Saturday that he will decide in eight weeks whether to run in 2018 for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Ted Cruz.
Castro set the date for a decision in a Q&A session with reporters before speaking to crowd of about 300 supporters on a warm night in the courtyard at the Historic Scoot Inn in East Austin, which exploded in cheers and chants when, in answer to a direct question on the subject, he declared, “I am looking at the Senate race against Ted Cruz.”
“Ted Cruz has not spent a single day working for the people of Texas,” said Castro, who will also travel to Houston and Dallas as he makes up his mind about a race. “Ted Cruz tunes out most of Texas.”
Last week, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke told students at the University of Texas that he was likely to run for Cruz’s seat because, “if no one else is going to do it, I sure as hell am going to do it because, 2018, two years of Trump, six years of Cruz … if we don’t do this now, when the hell are we going to do it?”
Castro said of O’Rourke: “Beto and I are good friends in the Congress, and he’s a sharp, very passionate congressman, who does a great job for the people he represents.”
See here for the background. Someone mentioned in a thread on Facebook that no one is going to announce for Senate or one of the hot Congressional seats until after April 1, as that puts them into the next campaign finance reporting period and avoids having to file a report with basically no money raised. Needless to say, eight weeks puts us into April, so this is consistent with that. I don’t know what Rep. O’Rourke’s plans are, but I continue to believe that only one of them (at most) will actually run for Senate next year. One way or another, they’ll work that out. And if it is Rep. Castro running, he’s already picked up an endorsement, from Rep. Filemon Vela, who says he’ll also be happy to support Rep. O’Rourke if he’s the candidate. Figure it out, fellas, and let us know when you’ve decided.