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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