From the Texas Tribune:
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, the nine-term, liberal Austin congressman, foiled Republicans’ efforts to redistrict him out of office in 2003 and intends to do it again in 2012, living “in a Winnebago, if that’s what it takes,” to vie for a newly-drawn district that encompasses San Antonio’s most Democratic and Hispanic neighborhoods and spreads up to southern Travis County.
The Republican Legislature drew him a bad map again this year, and getting through March's Democratic primary could be a doozy. At a minimum, Doggett will face State Rep. Joaquin Castro, a 36-year-old rising star in his party who has politics in his DNA – his identical twin brother Julián is San Antonio's mayor – and grew up in one of the San Antonio neighborhoods central to the new district.
Under the proposed Congressional map that “gerrymanders more than nine million Latinos in Texas to make sure that we have no more electoral opportunity than we did in 1991,” Travis County, nor the Austin area, contains a Congressional District solely represented by a Democrat. Many in the Austin area, and Travis County community, want to ensure that a Democrat that lives in Austin represents them in Congress, and I expect many who read Burnt Orange Report will strongly favor Congressman Doggett. The congressional district was drawn with the express purpose of removing Congressman Lloyd Doggett from office.
But Representative Joaquin Castro is a great elected official, one who is an excellent spokesperson for the American Dream and the future of our country. As the Tribune story above notes, the district is weighted to favor an Hispanic from San Antonio, and the financial advantages Congressman Doggett currently possesses are leveled out, at least initially, by the numbers of the district.
It will be an interesting race, and one I hope Burnt Orange Report will cover closely in the weeks and months to come.