By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) House Republicans are demanding an ethics probe into Rep. Joaquin Castro after his campaign “doxxed” more than 40 San Antonio-based businesses and supporters of President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection bid.
The twin brother of 2020 Democratic presidential contender and former Obama administration official Julian Castro, Joaquin reelection campaignÂ posted late Monday nightÂ on Facebook that he was â€œsad to see so many San Antonians on this list of maximum donors to Donald Trump.â€
He then specifically called out two companies, including a popular BBQ restaurant, and posted a list of 44 donors, with their full names and employers.
Some of the Trump donors doxxed by Castro (D-Texas) had also donated to his campaign and are now upset with him over the stunt and contemplating ousting him from office.
As for House Republicans, they say the political stunt, which has led to threats against some of the doxxed individuals, merits a serious ethics probe.
On Friday, sixÂ GOP lawmakers, led by Arizona Rep.Â Andy Biggs, sent a letter expressing their concerns to House Ethics Committee Chair Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and ranking member Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas).
â€œPosting a target list of private citizens simply for supporting his political opponent is antithetical to our principles and serves to suppress the free speech and free association rights of Americans,â€ theÂ letterÂ reads, referencing House rules requiring members to â€œbehave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.â€
â€œThese acts must immediately be investigated to determine if Rep. Castro has violated the ethical rules of this institution,â€ the letter adds.
The letter is also signed by Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Jody Hice of Georgia, Debbie Lesko of Arizona, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Randy Weber of Texas and Ted Budd of North Carolina, asÂ The HillÂ reported.
â€œBy publishing a list of private citizens who donated to his political opponent, Rep. Castro sought to encourage harassment against those citizens simply on the basis of their political beliefs,â€ the lawmakers wrote.
â€œIt cannot be fairly argued that Rep. Castro had any other purpose in posting that list and telling his activist followers that those individuals were inciting hate,” they noted further. “Whether he intended to provoke physical violence or merely verbal harassment, his intent was to chill theÂ free speechÂ and free association rights of Americans.â€
Wayne Harwell, owner of a local real estate development company appeared on the list,Â toldÂ Fox NewsÂ in a phone interview that he donated money to Castroâ€™s congressional campaign. However, he hinted that after Castro outed him in a bid to shame the presidentâ€™s supporters, he wonâ€™t be supporting Castro anymore.
â€œI was also on a list of people that gave to Castro and if he dislikes me enough that he wants to put my name out there against Trump, Iâ€™m not going to give money to him,â€ Harwell said. â€œObviously Castro feels pretty strongly against me.â€
â€œIt is just amazing to me that he would do that,â€ William Greehey, a philanthropist and former CEO of Valero Energy, told the news site. Federal Election Commission records show he donated $5,000 to Joaquin Castroâ€™s congressional campaign in 2013, which covered the primary and general elections.
â€œThen heâ€™s calling me a racist because Iâ€™m supporting Trump. I mean, this is just ridiculous,â€ said Greehey, who added he founded a $100 million homeless campus project that mostly serves Hispanics. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of things you donâ€™t like about the president and his tweeting, but here Castro is doing the same thing with his tweeting.â€
Donald Kuyrkendall, president of a San Antonio commercial real estate company, said he was concerned for his familyâ€™s safety after appearing on the dox list.
â€œWere his intentions to incite people to picket Bill Millerâ€™s barbecue or to come to Don Kuyrkendallâ€™s house, you know, assault my wife, make nasty comments?â€ Kuyrkendall told theÂ Washington Examiner.
â€œLife is short and this kind of silliness is not good for anybody, especially with the climate we have right now with two mass shootings in a weekend,â€ Kuyrkendall added.
â€œThereâ€™s just no reason to highlight individuals and their companies as being some kind of, I donâ€™t even know what he thinks we are, bad guys because we support Republicans?â€
As for Castroâ€™s accusations that the presidentâ€™s rhetoric is stoking violence and division, Harwell said, â€œI think some of the Democratic rhetoric is more hateful than some of Trumpâ€™s rhetoric.”
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