UPDATED 8:31 AM PT — Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The only Hispanic Democrat running for president is having a hard time finding support from leaders in the Latino community. As of Tuesday, former Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro has only secured two of the 38 members of the House Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
This comes as his twin brother, Representative Joaquin Castro, stands as the chairman of that caucus. The vice chairman, Representative Ruben Gallego, endorsed congressman Eric Swalwell back in April, who has since dropped out.
Castro does, however, have his share of endorsements from Hispanic members of Congress in the San Antonio City Council.
Recently, he has used the mass shooting in El Paso to reach out to the Latino community.
“The attack two days ago was an attack on the Latino community, it was an attack on immigrants, it was an attack on Mexicans and Mexican-Americans,” he stated. “That is due, in part, the the climate that this president has set of division.”
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus argued back in January for holding off on endorsements. However, several members have shown their support for other candidates already.