Joaquin Castro is leading the next generation of Texas Democrats, and we enthusiastically and unanimously endorse him for election to CD-20.
Castro is unopposed in the primary and has only token opposition come November. However, we couldn't let this opportunity go by and not remark on the importance of Castro's election and our excitement about the beginning of his Congressional career. Castro is a solid Democrat with an inspiring personal narrative, a hard worker with a history of getting things done both in government and the non-profit sphere. He brings the same buzz of excitement and ability to draw new people into politics that we've seen with — dare we say it? — Barack Obama. He has already shown strong commitment to supporting Democratic infrastructure, and we have no doubt that once in office he will continue to walk the walk on getting other Democrats elected up and down the ballot.
While we were a blog divided on the Castro-Doggett race, to a person we all wanted Castro to be in Congress. We are so glad that he is running in CD-20, and while he has big shoes to fill in those of retiring Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, we are confident that this inspiring figure will be a leader and bright spot in Texas Democratic politics for decades to come.
Electing young, exciting Latino leaders like Castro is crucial to the future of our state, our nation, and our Democratic party. We're confident that we'll be seeing great things from Castro in Congress, and hopefully beyond.
Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.