To be upfront, I recognize that it can be troublesome to compare apples and oranges. Unless Congressman Lloyd Doggett and Rep. Joaquin Castro are casting the same votes, how can you truly compare their voting records? This is, obviously, a problem, but the concerns raised thus far on BOR about the progressiveness of Rep. Castro and Cong. Doggett don't seem to be about any one issue. Instead, the focus appears to just be on how “progressive” each person is. The comments below, from when I first wrote about the potential race in the newly drawn CD-35, provide a good insight into what I'm talking about:
I think Castro may be too quiescent and cooperative with the radical republicans currently in place. Maybe I'm wrong and he'll be just as fierce an advocate and defender as Doggett has been. That would be great. Unfortunately, I'd rather just vote for the original. I'm advocating real leadership and persuasion rather than the current phony bipartisanship and equanimity. – Mcblogger
The wise thing for progressive Democrats to do is to leave a proven, effective US Congressman, with seniority, in office working for all Texans. – ssuits
Lloyd Doggett has been by far the best member of the Texas Congressional Delegation and I say that without hesitation. He has been there for us when quite frankly, there have been Texas Democrats who have not walked the walk. And so I'm going to be there for him. For that reason, I strongly support Lloyd Doggett. He has done the job and will continue to the job the way he has always done. – v2aggie2
That left me wondering – how progressive are the two likely candidates for the newly drawn CD-35? The result may surprise you.
|How Progressive Are Congressman Doggett and Representative Castro?|
|Candidate||Rank||Percent of Elected Body|
|Rep. Joaquin Castro||12th “most liberal” (Source)||12 out of 150 = top 8%|
|Cong. Lloyd Doggett||147th “most liberal” (Source)||147 out of 435 = top 33%|
Rep. Castro's rating is based on an analysis compiled by Mark Jones of Rice University, who evaluated “nearly 1,000 votes” to come up with his numbers. Congressman Doggett's rating is based on an analysis by National Journal, which creates individual scores on economic, social, and foreign policy votes and then generates one composite score. (Update: To compare among Democrats w/in their respective chambers,
Throughout the campaign, both Congressman Doggett and Representative Castro will have to — and should — answer lots of questions about policies, past and future, and where they stand. I expect Congressman Doggett to have a much greater understanding of federal issues, given how long he's been in office. But, at least on its face, these numbers should put to rest concerns that Rep. Joaquin Castro would not be a progressive enough member of Congress for Austin.
Who knows. Maybe he'll be even better…