Nirenberg Scores Endorsement from Castro Twins

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(From left) Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Congressman Joaquin Castro, and former Mayor and HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

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Mayor Ron Nirenberg (left) receives an endorsement from Congressman Joaquin Castro, and former Mayor and HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg received an official endorsement from Presidential candidate and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and his twin brother Congressman Joaquín Castro on Saturday morning.

It’s the latest in a string of official endorsements Nirenberg received from progressive groups, including the Texas Organizing Project, Texas Democratic Party, and the San Antonio AFL-CIO Labor Council, which is comprised of 36 labor unions. Nirenberg faces Councilman Greg Brockhouse (D6), who leans conservative on most issues, in a tight runoff set for Saturday, June 8.

“We have an opportunity to re-elect a man who has been wonderful for this city, who has paid attention to every single part of this city, who has tried to make sure that there are not places of this city that are left behind [like they have in years past],” Joaquín said at a rally held at Nirenberg’s campaign headquarters near downtown prior to the campaign beginning its weekend of block walking. “As Julián used to say, ‘this is a city on the rise.’ Well, under Ron Nirenberg, our city has continued to rise.”

The Castros highlighted the mayor’s work in affordable housing, executing the first “equity budget” that targets underserved areas, transportation planning efforts, and solidifying San Antonio as a compassionate city.

“What we have is a choice between a mayor that wants to move us forward as a city, where everybody can prosper and we continue to grow with elegance,” Julián said. “Or a candidate that would take us backward.”

During the May 4 election, neither Brockhouse nor Nirenberg was able to secure a majority vote, Nirenberg noted, and he said many of his supporters woke up on May 5 asking, “What happened?”

“May 4, believe it or not, was a blessing,” Nirenberg said. “It’ll be the best thing to me as your mayor … because it was a wake-up call. Because if we’re going to build that city that’s for everyone … progress requires a fight every single day because the forces of regression that will pull us backward – as a city, as a state, as a nation – are at play.”

Mayor Ron Nirenberg's campaign headquarters are full with supporters and volunteers.

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Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s campaign headquarters is filled with supporters and volunteers.

Brockhouse’s main endorsements have come from the police officer and firefighter unions, for which he used to work as a political consultant before he became a Councilman in 2017. Nirenberg said if Brockhouse were elected, that conflict of interest would ultimately hurt taxpayers as the city is negotiating its labor contract with the fire union. Brockhouse’s retort has been that Nirenberg hasn’t accomplished enough in his first term to warrant a second, and the planning efforts he launched are examples of government overreach and overspending.

Endorsements don’t necessarily make or break a race and can be double-edged swords. As outgoing Councilman Rey Saldaña (D4) once said, endorsements can get you “some of their friends, but all of their enemies.”

But Nirenberg has received endorsements from prominent Republicans, too, he said, including auto dealer, billionaire, and philanthropist B.J. “Red” McCombs.

McCombs recorded a radio spot asking voters to pick Nirenberg.

“We’ve got to wake up San Antonio, or our two public safety unions will take control of City Hall and mortgage our city’s future for lucrative contracts for them,” McCombs said in the ad.

The mayoral election has been divisive with shouting matches at public forums between supporters of both candidates, accusations of lying on both sides, and an electorate that seems torn.

But as Nirenberg noted, whoever wins also will be the representative for their detractors.

“It is one big tent in San Antonio,” Nirenberg told the Rivard Report. “We’re going to continue to have conversations to bring everyone into the fold and at the end of the day … I have been and I will be a mayor for all.”

10 thoughts on “Nirenberg Scores Endorsement from Castro Twins

  1. That top photo is unintentionally hilarious. It’s begging for a blank thought-bubble above Nirenberg’s head.

    • I think he’s thinking “isn’t it crazy how no political figure from the city or state has said a word in favor of Brockhouse?”

  2. Well, now I certainly won’t vote for Nirenberg. I voted for him in 2017, but just won’t do it this time. Joaquin Castro is my representative – and he has been truly terrible on Medicare For All, a higher minimum wage, climate change, et cetera. A Castro endorsement will lose Nirenberg quite a few progressives, like this one.

  3. Joaquin Castro is like an absentee landlord for his district. As a progressive, I find him unresponsive to the needs of the district – like a $15 minimum wage, for example. If this is the best Ron can do, I think you will see a lot of left-leaning voters stay home.

  4. “. . .endorsements can get you ‘some of their friends, but all of their enemies.’”

    I wonder. If Nirenberg loses, will the loss be a political negative for the Castros’ state and national aspirations?

  5. Progressives who “stay home” are in effect voting for Brockhouse. Is that your intention?
    If you favor Nirenberg, then why are you being swayed by one of his endorsers to not vote?

  6. Is that the former HUD secretary that can’t account for $500B inHUD funds under his watch? Or the one who let Dallas get off with a slap on the wrist for violating the use of HUD funds for desegregation and using the funds instead to build up expensive living in downtown? Sound familiar? Yep. He’s RN’s guy and RN learned well.

  7. I want to emphasize that not voting for Ron now is voting for Brockhouse. Don’t stay home if you care about SA!

  8. A few weeks ago, I read an opinion piece about the campaigns & elections of “Judges In Our Courts” stating that accepting campaign contributions from Attorneys that would be practicing before them in Court proceedings did not pass the ‘smell test’s. Me thinks, the same principle applies to the Mayor’s race. The City of San Sntonio deserves better candidates.

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