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Ted Cruz No Longer Has To Worry About Joaquin Castro Going After His Senate Seat

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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 Less than one year later, Castro has rescinded his challenge for Cruz’s seat, leaving Beto O’Rourke as the only Democratic challenger for Cruz’s Senate seat.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.


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.


“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.


People are in favor of Castro stepping down from the challenge only because it could benefit Cruz’s opponent, O’Rourke.


And they are hoping that Castro will put his name and endorsement behind the Democratic challenger.


Some are thinking that the move points to a gubernatorial run.


Picture it: A Democratic governor of Texas.

Like, people really want this to turn into a gubernatorial campaign.


But, many are left with a broken heart and broken dreams.


This is what it looks like when Texas Democrats cry.


READ: Ted Cruz Is Already Scared Of This Dude Taking His Senate Seat… In 2 Years

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Authorities Haven't Found "One Dollar" Of El Chapo's Billions, But They Did Get His Right Hand Man

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Authorities Haven’t Found “One Dollar” Of El Chapo’s Billions, But They Did Get His Right Hand Man

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Drug dealers may amass a ton of cash, but the odds of them putting their money in a traditional bank are very low. Authorities searching for the illicit fortune of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the notorious former Sinaloa Cartel leader, have so far been able to find exactly zero dollars, NBC News reports.

In an interview with Televisa, Mexican Attorney General Raul Cervantes said, “U.S. authorities have not found not even one dollar of El Chapo’s assets.”


Cervantes also admitted that Mexican authorities have found only “few assets” of El Chapo because he did not use the “financial system.” In order to locate El Chapo’s funds, which have been hidden by organized crime, Cervantes indicated it would take the combined efforts of authorities from Mexico, the United States, and Colombia.

U.S. authorities believe El Chapo’s cumulative net worth to be in the billions.


As mitú reported, authorities, as well as politicians, have their eyes on El Chapo’s alleged fortune. Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently suggested that President Trump’s proposed border wall could be paid for by the former cartel leader’s supposed fortune, which he estimates to be nearly $14 billion. However, Forbes reported that there are experts that believe that $14 billion is an unrealistic number. Money seized from drug fortunes is usually earmarked for the U.S. Treasury.

Although his money appears to be safe, El Chapo’s organization was dealt a heavy blow. Recently, Mexican authorities captured El Chapo’s “right hand man,” Sinaloa cartel leader Damaso Lopez, CBS reports.


Lopez, who was one of the men involved in Guzman’s escape from prison in 2001, is being eyed for extradition to the U.S., Televisa reports. In 2011, Lopez was charged with cocaine and money laundering-related charges by a grand jury in Alexandria, Virgina. The charges could put Lopez in prison for life if he is extradited.

Since Guzman’s recent arrest, 51-year-old Damaso Lopez has struggled against El Chapo’s sons for control of the Sinaloa Cartel’s territories, Reuters reports.


According to CBS News, former chief from the U.S. drug Enforcement Agency Mike Vigil said, “This [arrest] is a big deal because it may stave off an internal war within the Sinaloa cartel. This could have easily gone into a full-scale war, which could have translated into massive casualties and violence in Mexico.” Others, however, are skeptical the violence will dissipate anytime soon.

Business Insider reports that while the Sinaloa has been locked in an vicious internal struggle, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which formed in 2010 as an offshoot of the Sinaloa cartel, is the currently the fastest growing cartel in Mexico.

Read: Ted Cruz Just Went After This Cartel Leader To Get Funds For Trump’s Wall

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