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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Castro Endorses Raymond For CD-28

Former city councilman and 2005 mayoral candidate Julian Castro has endorsed State Representative Richard Raymond in CD-28:

Defying the political tradition of supporting the hometown candidate, former mayoral candidate Julián Castro on Tuesday endorsed Laredo state Rep. Richard Raymond in the Congressional District 28 race.

Before a crowd of about 35 supporters at Mission Park on the South Side, Castro stood next to Raymond and called him a man of intelligence, honesty, integrity and experience.

"In this race, the person who can best lead all of the district and represent San Antonio well is Richard Raymond," he said.

Raymond faces Democratic incumbent Henry Cuellar and former Congressman Ciro Rodriguez in the March primary battle for the district, which stretches from Hays County in the north to Zapata County in the south and includes a hefty chunk of Bexar County.

The endorsement sends a strong signal that Raymond is reaching out to voters in Bexar County, which together with Webb County typically makes up the vast percentage of votes in the district.

Good endorsement for Raymond. Castro ran very well in these portions of San Antonio. It's also not that surprising as Raymond was a supporter of Castro's mayoral campaign.

Is there any political consideration in this race? Of course there is, but I don't think that was an overriding factor for Castro. Ciro Rodriguez however, does make a good point. People tend to forget just how important it is to have more hometown representation. This is essentially what fueled Cuellar's primary victory in 2004.

What also caught my eye was this blurb further on down:

Castro, whose brother, Joaquín, serves in the Legislature with Raymond, vehemently denied his endorsement has anything to do with mayoral politics.

"Ciro is a good man, but Richard is the best man for the job," he said, adding that he plans to actively campaign for Raymond and likely will take a position on several primary races, not just the congressional contest.

I guess that's a good way to keep yourself in the voter's eye, and either pay off some favors or take in some new ones. I guess that means he's going to be active in the one, possibly two, contested County Commissioner's primary races, Carlos Uresti's potential race against Frank Madla, and the subsequent open state rep. seat. Possibly even the one contested judgeship.

But this is the inherent problem in positioning yourself for a future run in San Antonio politics. There's not that many things out there that will keep your name out in the public. And what happens if you choose the wrong dog in the fight?