For nearly two decades, Republicans have had a lock on every major office in the state. A total Texas political transformation from red to blue may not be possible, but two brothers from San Antonio say purple is possible.
The Castro brothers are raising stars in the Texas Democratic Party. Thursday, the Congressman had a conversation about his political plans, and why he says Hispanic voters will determine if and when a lone star shift in power will take place.
Thursday morning at the UT's AT&T Center, Congressman Joaquin Castro and business leader Bill Hammond closed out the annual TAB conference by playing a game of political cat-n-mouse.
"So when it comes to deciding who will run for governor and who will for the U.S. Senate, you've not worked out anything with your brother yet?" asked Hammond.
The conversation went back and forth for a few minutes until Castro made an important point.
"Look if you're a Democrat, and I say I want to run for Governor or Senator in 2014, I think I can probably win the Nomination, but I'd have a tough time in November," said Congressman Castro.
There's been a lot of speculation about Castro and his brother Julian, who is the mayor of San Antonio. Their appearance at Democratic Party national convention put both in the political fast lane. Thursday, after his appearance at the business conference, the Congressman spoke about the immediate plan for his brother is getting re-elected this May.
"He just announced his re-election campaign, and I just got to Congress, so I'll be there for a few years and hopefully do some good."
The Castro's may not be ready to talk about launching statewide campaigns for themselves, but they do believe a Texas Democratic Party revival is coming. An opportunity to at least balance things out with the GOP that Castro says has become arrogant and out of touch.
"I think some of these guys, including the Governor, have become intoxicated by their own power and that's never a good place to be."
Battleground Texas is the new game plan to tap into the growing Hispanic voting bloc. Democratic Party leaders want to hammer away at core issues like immigration reform health care and education funding.
"And, If nothing else, I think if you're somebody that is not far right, then you should want balance in state government and in politics," said Castro during the conference as he admitted the battle to paint Texas purple will not be easy and will not come over night.
"Realistically within 8 to10 years we should be competitive there should be circumstances where a Democrat can win statewide."
The Congressman says for him a 2014 campaign may only be about winning another term in DC. More realistic target dates for the Castro brothers could actually be 2018 when both will be in their early 40's.
By some counts there are more than 2-million who are not registered to vote but are eligible to vote. Republicans in Texas have seen the hand writing on the wall and are also recruiting Hispanics to the GOP. A recent recruit, State Representative Larry Gonzales (R) Round Rock was featured recently in the Sunday edition of Parade Magazine.