Democratic presidential candidate and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro listens during a discussion about homelessness at Cross Roads House, a transitional housing shelter, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Former cabinet member to President Obama and extreme longshot to the White House, Julian Castro, has decided to call it quits and will now be the latest Democrat to drop out of the 2020 race.
According to ABC News, Castro was having serious polling and fundraising issues, and not getting enough support to make the November or December debate stages.
Castro posted the news to his Twitter account along with a video that showed his “greatest hits,” along with a message at the end saying that it’s time the Democrats changed the way they selected the presidential nominee.
“Today, it’s with a heavy heart and profound gratitude that I will suspend my campaign for president,” Castro said in the video, adding it “simply isn’t our time.”
“I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished together. I’m going to keep fighting for an America where everyone counts—I hope you’ll join me in that fight,” he said.
It’s with profound gratitude to all of our supporters that I suspend my campaign for president today.
I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished together. I’m going to keep fighting for an America where everyone counts—I hope you’ll join me in that fight. pic.twitter.com/jXQLJa3AdC
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) January 2, 2020
The likelihood of Castro walking away with the Democratic nomination was pretty far-fetched as it was. While it may have seemed for a time that Castro was being groomed for something much greater during his time in Texas politics, he became sidelined and overshadowed by other Texas figures like Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, whose run for Senate in Texas against Sen. Ted Cruz pushed Castro so far out of the limelight that Castro was forgotten about.
O’Rourke’s shadow followed Castro onto the 2020 stage as well, and before long, the sole Latino running for office was again forgotten about. Even attempting to put up a fight by attacking O’Rourke directly didn’t seem to help. Not that it mattered, as O’Rourke was hardly a contender for the White House in his own right.
Both were radical leftists who pushed for hard-left policies, and if it didn’t fly for O’Rourke, it wasn’t going to fly for Castro.
The field continues to shrink as we speed toward the Iowa caucus.