Ex punk-rocker O'Rourke launches longshot bid against Cruz

He also participated in last year's sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives, which several Democrats mounted in an attempt to get a vote on gun control legislation.

Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) plans to announce Friday that he'll seek his party's nomination to challenge Republican Sen.

O'Rourke said he speaks to Castro daily.

Cruz's campaign has yet to comment.

U.S. Rep. Robert "Beto" O'Rourke (D-El Paso), who recently made headlines for his livestream cross-country vehicle ride from San Antonio to Washington D.C. with U.S. Rep. His twin brother, Julian, served as Housing Secretary in the Obama administration and was floated as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio is considering a bid. Could he finally be making his Senate run official? "He plans to make his decision in the coming weeks".

Senator Cruz's campaign has yet to respond to O'Rourke's intentions. In the 2014 primaries, about 28,000 voters turned out in El Paso County, while nearly 42,000 cast ballots in Castro's home turf of Bexar County.

Another Texas House Democrat, Rep. Joaquin Castro, has been considering a run against Cruz and is expected to make a decision sometime in April.

O'Rourke, 44, was first elected to Congress in 2012.

Regardless of who challenges Cruz, they will have to raise a lot of money in a heavily-Republican state, and will likely face an uphill challenge to unseat Cruz. Before he began working in Washington, he served as a member of the El Paso City Council from 2005-2011. The Democratic Party is preoccupied with protecting 10 incumbents who represent states President Donald Trump carried in 2016. O'Rourke has a knack for harnessing the Internet. Will Hurd (R-Texas).

Earlier this month, Mr. O'Rourkegenerated favorable press riding shotgun with Rep. For the past few months O'Rourke has been unofficially campaigning and meeting with leaders across Texas.

  • Aubrey Nash