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O’Rourke Won’t Defer to Castro on Senate Bid

Both are considering running for Cruz’s seat.

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Kimberly Railey
Feb. 27, 2017, 9:51 a.m.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-16) said that Rep. Joa­quin Castro’s (D-20) de­cision on wheth­er to run for Sen­ate will not af­fect his own.

O’Rourke: “I have the greatest re­spect for him, con­sider him a good friend and have told him I think he’d make an out­stand­ing can­did­ate and a ter­rif­ic sen­at­or for the state of Texas, but his de­cision-mak­ing pro­cess is out­side of my con­trol, so I can only fo­cus on what I can do.”

“O’Rourke has already made clear he plans not to ac­cept PAC money in a po­ten­tial Sen­ate cam­paign. Asked Sat­urday if that would ap­ply to money from na­tion­al Demo­crat­ic groups who may want to help him out, O’Rourke held firm that he ‘won’t take money from polit­ic­al ac­tion com­mit­tees — and that’s across the spec­trum.’”

On Sat­urday, Castro “said he is look­ing to an­nounce his 2018 de­cision ‘by the end of April’ and took a pass on re­spond­ing to re­cent jabs from Cruz.” (Texas Tribune)

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