Last year, congressman Joaquin Castro teased Texans when he hinted at possibly going after Senator Ted Cruz’s Senate seat in 2018. Less than one year later, Castro has rescinded his challenge for Cruz’s seat, leaving Beto O’Rourke as the only Democratic challenger for Cruz’s Senate seat. The news was met with both heartbreak and encouragement of O’Rourke’s bid.
It’s official. Rep. Joaquin Castro will not be going after Sen. Ted Cruz’s Senate seat in 2018.
A sign that anyone who tells you TX is ready to elect a Democratic senator is overly optimistic https://t.co/WzIEQdASC9
— Amber Phillips (@byamberphillips) May 1, 2017
Castro is currently a representative for Texas’ 20th District, which includes a sizable portion of San Antonio. Castro was first elected to the seat in 2013 and during his time he has co-founded the U.S.-Japan Caucus, the Congressional Pre-K Caucus, and the Congressional Caucus on ASEAN.
Some were surprised by the move since polls show Castro has an edge over Cruz in a head to head match up.
— dreaming3D (@dreamn3d) April 20, 2017
“I’ve kept my pledge to fight for hard-working Texans, and I’ll keep doing that,” Castro told The Hill in an email. “However, with the threats posed by Russia and North Korea, coupled with the reckless behavior of this Administration and their failure to invest in economic opportunity for the American people, at this time I believe I can best continue that work by focusing on my duties in the House Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Committees.”
Some people immediately saw this as the news that Ted Cruz has secretly been waiting for.
Joaquin Castro is not running for Senate. That's the first good news Ted Cruz has gotten since he found out his dad killed JFK.
— Yosef Stein (@realyosefstein) May 1, 2017
People are in favor of Castro stepping down from the challenge only because it could benefit Cruz’s opponent, O’Rourke.
— Jenn (@jennresists) May 1, 2017
And they are hoping that Castro will put his name and endorsement behind the Democratic challenger.
— Michael Trammell (@MichaelTramme11) May 2, 2017
Some are thinking that the move points to a gubernatorial run.
— SamPiper (@SamPiper74) May 2, 2017
Picture it: A Democratic governor of Texas.
Like, people really want this to turn into a gubernatorial campaign.
@JoaquinCastrotx – You should run for TX governor! We need you!
— jane (@moderatemama) May 2, 2017
But, many are left with a broken heart and broken dreams.
— Sarah Velasquez (@Sarah_EP) May 2, 2017
This is what it looks like when Texas Democrats cry.
— Michael Galvan (@MGalvanPHL) May 1, 2017