UPDATED 4:30 p.m.: Doggett’s campaign has released its own video on the redistricting dustup.
Responding to a story that broke last week in the San Marcos Mercury, State Rep. Joaquin Castro hit at fellow Democrat Lloyd Doggett with a YouTube video in which the younger challenger says the veteran congressman is “so worried about losing his job that he’s spreading conspiracy theory rumors about me working with the Republicans to draw him out of a job.”
“There’s a time to call people out … and there’s a time to get things done,” Castro said, saying he would use a seat in Congress to build the Interstate 35 corridor as an economic player.
Media from Austin to San Antonio have picked up on Doggett’s and his supporters’ allegations that Castro worked with Republicans to mold a district hostile to Doggett, a perennial thorn in the side of Gov. Rick Perry and other Republicans.
The high profile matchup slated for the Democratic primary election is already drawing national press in part for the tortured lines it is drawing among Latino Democrats over whether to support a longtime staunch ally in Doggett or one of their own rising stars in Castro. But the bloody confrontation would be averted if federal judges in San Antonio accept a proposed map that would create a Doggett-sized district based in Travis County and a Castro-sized district rooted in San Antonio.Email | Print