Julián Castro launches PAC to support progressive candidates
Former White House hopeful Julián Castro launched a new political action committee Thursday to boost progressive down-ballot Democrats.
Castro, who drew plaudits from liberals during his presidential campaign but failed to gain widespread traction, said he would use the People First Future’s resources to support candidates who “are prioritizing people, rather than special interests” and are “running bold, progressive campaigns.”
“It’s never been more important to elect leaders in our statehouses, governor’s offices, school boards, and halls of Congress who will stand up for the most vulnerable Americans,” Castro said in a press release. “While hardworking families struggle to pay rent, get good health care, or send their kids to decent schools, well-connected and deep-pocketed special interests get their way.”
Castro’s PAC unveiled its slate of endorsements Thursday, backing 12 candidates running in competitive House primaries or general elections.
Among those Castro endorsed are his brother, Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroTop Hispanic Caucus members endorse Melissa Mark-Viverito in NY House primary Ousted watchdog says he told top State aides about Pompeo probe CHC says George Floyd death shows ‘tiny fraction’ of what people of color confront in their daily lives MORE, who is running for reelection in Texas’s 20th District, and Gina Ortiz Jones, who is running to replace retiring Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHouse Republicans hopeful about bipartisan path forward on police reform legislation House GOP delays police reform bill The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests MORE in Texas’s 23rd District.
Castro’s other endorsements in Texas include Wendy Davis in Texas’s 21st District, Candace Valenzuela in Texas’s 24th District, Julie Oliver in Texas’s 25th District, Sima Ladjevardian in Texas’s 2nd District and Sri Preston Kulkarni in Texas’s 22nd District.
Castro is also backing Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathFloyd’s brother urges Congress to take action The Hill’s Campaign Report: Bad polling data is piling up for Trump Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE (D-Ga.), who is defending her swing seat near Atlanta, J.D. Scholten, an Iowa Democrat running in the state’s 4th District for the second straight cycle, and Mondaire Jones, who is running to replace retiring Rep. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyOvernight Defense: Army now willing to rename bases named after Confederates | Dems demand answers on ‘unfathomable’ nuke testing discussions | Pentagon confirms death of north African al Qaeda leader Top Democrats demand answers on Trump administration’s ‘unfathomable’ consideration of nuclear testing House Democrats set tight schedule for 2021 spending bills MORE in New York’s 17th District.
Castro also endorsed Marie Newman in Illinois, who ousted an anti-abortion Democrat in a primary earlier this year, and Rep. Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodNRCC turns up heat on vulnerable Democrats over Omar’s call to abolish police Julián Castro launches PAC to support progressive candidates Gun control group rolls out House endorsements MORE, who flipped a GOP-held seat near Chicago in 2018.
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The creation of the PAC is Castro’s latest foray into the 2020 races since he dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary. He announced last week that he is joining Voto Latino to aid its efforts to register 1 million Hispanic voters before November.
Castro’s PAC will be run by many of the same people who staffed his presidential campaign. Natalie Montelongo, the Castro campaign’s political director, will work as the PAC’s executive director, and Sawyer Hackett, the campaign’s spokesperson, will be a senior adviser.