Castro: I'm not running for governor

U.S. Representative from SA repeats he has no plans for gubernatorial run

Joaquin Castro

AUSTIN, Texas - U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro on Tuesday repeated that he has no plans to run for Texas governor despite the state's Democratic Party chairman insisting last week that the congressman's still considering it.

"My plan is to run for re-election," the San Antonio Democrat said at the state capitol.

Castro also called Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa a "great friend" and simply laughed when asked if he would definitively rule out a gubernatorial run.

Asked who might be encouraging him to run, Castro didn't answer.

The Democrats haven't won statewide office in Texas since 1994, and don't yet have a viable candidate to challenge well-funded Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

When Castro was asked if he believes he's his party's only option against Abbott, he said, "Absolutely not," but offered no alternatives.

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