U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, told reporters from The Dallas Morning News
that Republican Sen. Ted Cruz "freaked out" over the possibility that Castro could run against him in two years.
"Despite any record of achievement and a liberal ideology out of touch with the majority of Texans, the Castro brothers have the full support of the mainstream media and Washington establishment willing to do everything in their power to turn Texas blue," read a recent Cruz fundraising email, the Washington Examiner
"Our opponents are already making plans to defeat us, so we cannot afford to wait to engage until 2018."
Castro, a rising Democratic star whose twin brother is Julian Castro, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who rose to prominence as mayor of San Antonio four years ago, when he gave a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
Later that year, Joaquin, a veteran Texas legislator, won election to Congress and he's now in his second House term. He has risen to become his party's chief deputy whip, and is poised to deliver a major speech to the convention Thursday night.
But Texas hasn't elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988.
"I'm going to take a look at it in 2018, I'll take a look at that and other opportunities," Castro said last week about a possible Senate bid, according to Politico
. "I've never been somebody that said in two years I've absolutely got to run for Senate or governor, but I will take a look at it."
Following the Democratic National Committee email leak last week and the resignation of current DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz, some have called for Joaquin or Julian Castro to take her place. Julian has indicated he doesn't want the job, but Joaquin hasn't decided.
"It wasn't on my radar. I'll never say never," Castro told the Dallas newspaper. "I'm 41, so, who knows? At some point perhaps it will be of interest."
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