Great article by Emma Roller on how Dems need to focus on more than just the presidency:
On Tuesday, Julián Castro became the first somewhat-well-known Democrat to semi-officially toss his hat into the ring…
Julián Castro declined to run for governor of Texas probably because he didn’t think he’d win, and if that’s true, it’s because the Texas Democratic Party is broken. Someone like Castro absolutely would do more good for more people by trying to fix or rebuild the Texas Democratic Party than he will hanging around Iowa for the next two years.
I have nothing against Castro. I hope he becomes the first Latino president of the United states. I don’t know yet if I’ll support him in the 2020 primary. I’m excited about all the possible candidates, except Joe Biden.
But I’d be more likely to support Castro if he’d run for governor.
You lose 100% of the races that you don’t enter.
To me, that’s all the more reason to support Beto O’Rourke, who is running for Senator in Texas. He may not win but he’s doing the right thing, he’s building the party. And if he wins, well, it’s the biggest in Texas politics in quite a long time.
Same goes for Gary Trauner, running for Senator in Wyoming, which is even tougher. He’s a great candidate who almost won a statewide race before. Plus, he’s a Balloon Juice reader.
By the way, we’ve now raised a little over 31K for progressive candidates this year alone. I know this sounds crazy but we are on pace to raise 250K in 2018, and 325K for the 2018 cycle (we raised 75K in 2017). Thanks everybody!