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Ex-Castro Strategist Likely to Help O’Rourke

Dowd says he’s still weighing an independent bid.

Kimberly Railey
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Kimberly Railey
March 20, 2017, 10:32 a.m.

Chris­ti­an Arch­er, a former strategist for Rep. Joa­quin Castro (D-20), is likely to as­sist with Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-16) po­ten­tial Sen­ate bid.

“I’m truly in­spired by the guy,” Arch­er said. “He is a really cool dude. There is a level of cool­ness to him that’s Kennedy-esque. I know people keep say­ing he looks like Bobby Kennedy. You know what? He’s got this aura around him. It’s neat, be­cause he can talk about any­thing.”

“Arch­er gave early evid­ence of his sup­port for O’Rourke last week, when he set up a meet-and-greet for the con­gress­man at the Pearl with about 75 loc­al power play­ers, in­clud­ing Bex­ar County Judge Nel­son Wolff and former May­or Phil Hard­ber­ger.”

“In 2013, Arch­er and the Castro broth­ers par­ted ways, and, by all ac­counts, Arch­er has had min­im­al con­tact with the Castros since then. Arch­er says he wouldn’t find it awk­ward to be work­ing against Joa­quin Castro in a Sen­ate primary race.”

“If there’s a win­dow for (O’Rourke) to win, and I can be help­ful, I would want to help that guy,” Arch­er said. “He would be worth it.” (San Ant­o­nio Ex­press-News)

A CLOSER LOOK. O’Rourke “has shown a gift for nimble polit­ic­al tim­ing, in­sinu­at­ing him­self in­to the state and na­tion­al con­scious­ness on the spur of the mo­ment, at just the right time and in a way that defined him not as a po­lar­iz­ing par­tis­an, but as the ex­act op­pos­ite.” His re­cent road trip with Rep. Will Hurd (R-23) “al­most in­stantly took on the en­dear­ing qual­ity of a clas­sic buddy movie, al­beit with a lot more con­ver­sa­tions on na­tion­al policy — from opioid ad­dic­tion to the fed­er­al budget freeze — than the genre usu­ally al­lows.”

Former George W. Bush strategist Mat­thew Dowd con­firmed he is still con­sid­er­ing run­ning against Sen. Ted Cruz (R) as an in­de­pend­ent.

Dowd ad­ded, “[I]n my view, if it’s Beto O’Rourke against Cruz, Cruz wins and prob­ably wins by double di­gits. If it’s Joaquín Castro vs. Ted Cruz, it’s ba­sic­ally the same thing, and in­stead of los­ing by 14 points, he might lose by 10 points.”

Texas Demo­crat­ic Party Chair Gil­berto Hino­josa said that even the pos­sib­il­ity of an O’Rourke-Castro con­test does not dis­tress him.”

“Truth­fully, after so many years hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time get­ting strong can­did­ates to run for the U.S. Sen­ate, it’s a great prob­lem to have,” Hino­josa said. (Aus­tin Amer­ic­an-States­man)

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