Julian Castro hints at brother Joaquin's Senate run

Julian Castro hints at brother Joaquin's Senate run
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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, a former San Antonio mayor, hinted that his brother, Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroTrump's border funding comes back from the dead House passes bill to protect 'Dreamers' House passes bill to protect 'Dreamers' MORE (D-Texas), will challenge Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTrump puts GOP in tough spot with remarks on foreign 'dirt' Trump puts GOP in tough spot with remarks on foreign 'dirt' Overnight Health Care: Pelosi to change drug-pricing plan after complaints | 2020 Democrats to attend Planned Parenthood abortion forum | House holds first major 'Medicare for All' hearing MORE (R-Texas) next year.

The presidential candidate was responding to an article from Texas Monthly saying that Joaquin Castro is “all but likely” to run next year against Cornyn, a top Republican in the Senate.

“Looks like I might have some company on the campaign trail soon. I know this: @JoaquinCastrotx would work hard for Texans, not for cozy Washington insiders,” Castro tweeted Saturday.

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Matthew Jones, a campaign adviser to Castro, told The Hill that the congressman “will have an announcement in the near future.” 

The Texas congressman would be the first high-profile opponent to enter the race against Cornyn, who already boasts former top posts in Congress’ upper chamber and a formidable war chest.

Cornyn’s campaign finished 2018 with nearly $5.8 million on hand, while Castro’s House campaign close the year with $128,000 in its account, according to its most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Cornyn’s campaign expressed confidence that its candidate would have the upper hand against Castro.

“Whether it’s Hurricane Harvey relief or the Green New Deal, time and again Congressman Castro has stood with Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOcasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown MORE at the expense of Texans,” John Jackson, Cornyn's campaign manager, said in a statement.

“John Cornyn looks forward to contrasting the Democrat-Socialist agenda with the policies that have made Texas the best state to live, work, and raise a family.” 

Prospects for Joaquin Castro’s Senate campaign were largely eclipsed by speculation that former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) would decide to take on Cornyn. 

But O’Rourke, whose failed Senate bid last year to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control access face major obstacles Ocasio-Cortez and Cruz's dialogue shows common ground isn't just for moderates Ted Cruz, AOC have it right on banning former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists MORE (R-Texas) shattered small dollar donation records and charged the Democratic base, announced this week he would instead run for president.