Joaquin & Julian Castro Are Quibbling Over Which Gets to Be President, Governor

By NTK Staff | 08.24.2017 @11:12am
Joaquin & Julian Castro Are Quibbling Over Which Gets to Be President, Governor

The Texas brothers are putting Joaquin’s gubernatorial ambitions on hold for Julian, who plans to run for president in 2020.

Though it might sound like fake news, Texas twin brothers, neither of whom has ever won a statewide race before, are stressing over when each should run for governor and president.

That’s according to a Politico story that reveals the thinking behind the ambitions of Rep. Joaquin Castro and his brother, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro.

Joaquin is eager to run for governor in the Lone Star State, but that’s a tall order. No Democrat has thrown his or her ten-gallon hat in the ring, and that could be because incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) has about $40 million in the bank.

But regardless of the daunting task, Joaquin has agreed to put his ambitions aside for Julian, who has eyes on the White House, despite the fact that his biggest electoral accomplishment was becoming mayor of San Antonio:

The brothers serve as each other’s top strategists, and they’ve agreed that Julián’s next political move takes primacy for now. One worry is that a Joaquín loss for governor — it would be an uphill battle, at best, against Abbott — would make the Castros look like losers. The other is that if Joaquin happened to pull off an upset, it would distract attention from Julián, potentially complicating his path to the White House.

Julián has talked to many people about the lack of national Democratic figures to channel the rising power of Latinos, and how well-positioned he believes he is to occupy that space. But he, too, would also be a long shot if he were to run for president in 2020.

A paper-thin resume like Julian’s will make it extraordinarily difficult for him to accumulate the political capital necessary to win a Democratic primary in 2020.

Which brother has the steeper hill to climb, politically speaking, is difficult to say. But safe money is on neither achieving their goals any time soon.

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