Rep. Joaquin Castro’s attempt top Doxx and shame Trump donors just backfired. In the worst way possible and now his very political future hangs in the balance.
It seems, and this is hardly a new thing, money guys donate to both sides of the political aisle as a way to hedge their bets and ride out whatever storm may come, that some of his donors gave to Trump.
So he doxed some of his gig donors. Six to be specific – one guy raised $330k for the ungrateful Dem Rep.
That guy and many others are now vowing to back his primary opponent. Ouch. From The Washington Examiner:
A Washington Examiner review of Federal Elections Committee filings found three individuals on the list who gave $5,600 to Trump — the maximum available by law for the primary and general election — and Joaquin Castro, a congressman from San Antonio who also chairs the presidential campaign of his brother, a former San Antonio mayor.
Another three individuals on the list told the Washington Examiner that they supported Julián Castro’s mayoral campaigns. Julián Castro served as San Antonio mayor from 2009 to 2014, before being tapped as HUD secretary for the final two-and-a-half years of President Barack Obama’s administration.
The congressman’s approach left many of the San Antonio-area Trump donors on the list who gave to the Castro brothers angered and hurt.
“It is just amazing to me that he would do that,” said William Greehey, a philanthropist and former CEO of Valero Energy, who donated $5,000 to Joaquin Castro’s congressional campaign in 2013, covering the primary and general elections.
“Then he’s calling me a racist because I’m supporting Trump. I mean, this is just ridiculous.” said Greehey, who noted he started a $100 million homeless campus project that mostly serves Hispanic individuals. “There’s a lot of things you don’t like about the president and his tweeting, but here Castro is doing the same thing with his tweeting.”
Joaquin Castro did not respond to a request for comment through the presidential campaign of his brother, who, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average, languishes in the Democratic field, with 1% support.
Edward Steves, owner of a manufacturing firm that he said is the oldest company in San Antonio, told the Washington Examiner that he once hosted a fundraiser at his house that raised over $300,000 for Julián Castro’s mayoral campaign.
But Joaquin’s tweet and follow-up statements chastising local Trump donors may backfire for his own reelection races, Steves said.
“He’s probably got 44 people that are going to contribute heavily to whoever might run against him in the primaries,” Steves said.