U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro says he’s changed his position on a boycott of the Texas-based Buc-ee’s gas and convenience stores after learning the company isn’t supporting Dan Patrick’s campaign.
In the past, Buc-ee’s owners Don Wasek and Beaver Aplin have donated to various Republicans, and on the night of the primary election, the two called Dan Patrick directly pledging their support and money. But Buc-ee’s general counsel Jeff Nalado says these campaign donations aren’t reflective of Buc-ee’s the company.
Nalado explained, “The owners, Don Wasek and Beaver Aplin, have contributed to the campaign of Dan Patrick, but their choice to do so is of their own personal capacity, and not on the behalf of the company.”
But Texas Democratic U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro says that isn’t how Dan Patrick painted the picture with a post on his campaign Facebook account, saying that Buc-ee’s had pledged its support towards his campaign.
Castro responded, “Dan Patrick... implied that he had the corporate support and the brand name of Buc-ee’s behind him, and it turns out that he doesn’t have that at all.”
On Patrick's Facebook account he wrote: “To my great delight, I got a call from the owners of Buc-cees [sic] who said they wanted to meet and support me.”
Castro says his initial tweet about boycotting Buc-ee’s was about what he as an individual would be doing if the company had lent itself to Dan Patrick’s campaign but that he never urged anyone to boycott the store. Patrick’s campaign rhetoric regarding immigrants spurred many Hispanic lawmakers to oppose Patrick’s campaign, including Congressman Castro’s twin brother, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who is scheduled to debate Patrick on the issue of immigration on April 15th.