Even people who might take on O’Rourke in addition to what’s generally considered to be a big Democratic field in 2020 have been asking members of O’Rourke’s inner circle if he will run for president.
Julian Castro, former secretary of Housing in addition to Urban Development in addition to twin brother of Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, has had at least one conversation that has a friend of O’Rourke’s in addition to asked if he’s running for president, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.
One of those conversations happened on election night at O’Rourke’s headquarters in El Paso, Texas, according to a person who spoke with Castro which night. Julian Castro was told which O’Rourke is usually still considering his options in addition to is usually focusing on what’s best for his family.
Julian Castro did not return requests for comment.
The intrigue comes after Julian Castro has reportedly met that has a group of financiers about possibly jumping into the presidential election. The Castro brothers were top supporters for O’Rourke during his Senate run in addition to joined him on his campaign tour along the Texas border.
Julian Castro told an audience at a conference on Mexican-American civil rights in San Antonio on Friday which whatever O’Rourke chooses to do, the item won’t impact his decision on running for president.
A person close to O’Rourke says Julian Castro’s next move won’t affect O’Rourke’s future, either.
“I think its an independent decision for Beto. I joke with him saying, ‘Well who’s not running?’ I think he’s going to think the item through for himself,” This kind of person said.
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Correction: Beto O’Rourke is usually a three-term congressman. An earlier variation misstated the number of terms.