By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Some of the donors to President Donald Trump that Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) (above) doxxed in a Facebook post this week had also donated to his campaign and are now upset with him over the stunt and contemplating ousting him from office.
The twin brother of 2020 Democratic presidential contender and former Obama administration official Julian Castro, Joaquin Castro’s reelection campaign posted late Monday night on the social media platform that he was “sad to see so many San Antonians on this list of maximum donors to Donald Trump.”
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.
But an analysis of the list of people the Joaquin Castro campaign doxxed had also donated to his campaign in the past.
Wayne Harwell, owner of a local real estate development company appeared on the list, told Fox News in a phone interview that he donated money to Castro’s congressional campaign. However, he hinted that after Castro outed him in a bid to shame the president’s supporters, he won’t be supporting Castro anymore.
“I 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, I’m not going to give money to him,” Harwell said. “Obviously Castro feels pretty strongly against me.”
According to federal election records, Harwell donated $1,000 to Castro’s campaign in 2011.
“I’m pretty independent, but I support Trump,” Harwell noted.
Fox News added: “This year, Harwell contributed a total of $5,600 to the Trump Victory committee, and $2,800 to the Trump campaign. Harwell also donated to Trump’s campaign during his first presidential run in 2016.”
Others on the list who spoke to the Washington Examiner said they were planning to fund a future challenger to Castro.
“It is just amazing to me that he would do that,” 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 Castro’s congressional campaign in 2013, which covered the primary and general elections.
“Then he’s calling me a racist because I’m supporting Trump. I mean, this is just ridiculous,” said Greehey, who added he founded a $100 million homeless campus project that mostly serves Hispanics. “There’s a lot of things you don’t like about the president and his tweeting, but here Castro is doing the same thing with his tweeting.”
Meanwhile, Edward Steves, who owns a manufacturing firm he says is the oldest company in San Antonio, once hosted a $300,000 fundraising party at his home for Julian Castro, who served as mayor of the city from 2009-2014, before being tapped by the Obama administration to serve as HUD secretary.
But the doxxing may wind up backfiring on Joaquin’s reelection campaign, Steves said.
“He’s probably got 44 people that are going to contribute heavily to whoever might run against him in the primaries,” he said.
Donald Kuyrkendall, president of a San Antonio commercial real estate company, said he was concerned for his family’s safety after appearing on the dox list.
“Were his intentions to incite people to picket Bill Miller’s barbecue or to come to Don Kuyrkendall’s house, you know, assault my wife, make nasty comments?” Kuyrkendall told the Washington Examiner.
“Life 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,” Kuyrkendall added.
“There’s just no reason to highlight individuals and their companies as being some kind of, I don’t even know what he thinks we are, bad guys because we support Republicans?”
As for Castro’s accusations that the president’s rhetoric is stoking violence and division, Harwell said, “I think some of the Democratic rhetoric is more hateful than some of Trump’s rhetoric.
“I think the San Antonio community needs to take a real deep look at what Castro is doing. Why is he doing this?” he continued.
“If he wants to play in Washington, he needs to move to Washington. If he wants to play in San Antonio, he needs to at least be sensitive. The rest of the community is sensitive. We’re sensitive to both Republican and Democrat views. A lot of us here in San Antonio are independents.”
“I sure will not give to Castro any more,” Harwell said. “Trump has helped our country have economic prosperity. I support his efforts although I may not support each word, I like the results of his efforts for America.”
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