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Mr. Castro Goes to Washington
Texas Monthly, by Joaquin Castro

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/17/2014 2:01:21 PM

One year ago I was sworn in as a United States congressman. Representing Texas’s Twentieth District, I was the successor to a South Texas legacy and part of the most diverse freshman class in American history. We came to Washington to change things, certain that we could do better than the do-nothing Congress that preceded us. We would take on big issues and finally find agreement on things like immigration reform, which had been stuck in partisan gridlock for a generation. It hasn’t exactly worked out that way. By the end of the year, the 113th Congress was one of

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Keep an eye on this guy. His identical twin brother, Julian, is mayor of San Antonio. Texas Dems badly wanted Julian to run for Governor, but Greg Abbott seemed formidable and Julian is waiting for bigger things. Texas Dems seem to believe the Castro brothers can bring Texas back to a blue state.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 1/17/2014 2:22:31 PM     (No. 9695936)

Why, they are the Hispanic Obamas, doncha know.
I think Dem´s desperate hope in these guys is as misguided as it is for Wendy Davis. They´re all going to be going nowhere fast in that state. Thank God.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: tommyr, 1/17/2014 2:51:54 PM     (No. 9695978)

The Castro guys are lockstep Demo machine hacks.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: enuf8, 1/17/2014 4:01:19 PM     (No. 9696038)

There is a stinky smell with the Castro boys and the gal running for Lt. Gov who has attached herself to the coattail of Wendy of the pink tennis shoe filibuster notoriety, about some misused funding--dollars just disappeared and no one knows anything about them.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: john56, 1/17/2014 4:58:29 PM     (No. 9696092)

Let´s just say that the Texas Castro brothers are much like the Cuban Castro brothers. The Mayor is a pretty decent drinker if you´re buying the booze.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: richwill, 1/17/2014 6:14:32 PM     (No. 9696166)

come hades or high water the dems will turn Texas blue. Ballot box stuffing will take on an entirely new meaning.

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