HOUSTON—Texas congressman Joaquin Castro announced Tuesday that he will no longer show up at the roadside megastore Buc-ees after the owners backed Lieutenant Governor Candidate Dan Patrick.
Patrick broke the news on Facebook sharing photos with Buc-ee’s owners and the beaver mascot.
“Like so many Texans I love Buc-ee’s. The service is great, the food is great… and of course my wife loves the clean bathrooms,” he said.
Castro took to Twitter writing, “Won’t gas up there anymore since they support a fear mongering immigrant basher.”
Buc-ee’s owners responded with a statement of their own writing, “Frankly beaver nuggets and beef jerky taste good regardless of political affiliation. Buc-ee’s hopes that its customers don’t choose where to buy their gas and snacks based on politics.”
And so far, customers in Houston are backing Buc-ee’s.
“Politics has nothing to do with where I get my gas,” said customer Jamie Stockdale.
“With all due respect to Mr. Patrick and the Buc-ee’s corporation, it doesn’t have any impact on where I get my gas. I come here because it’s convenient,” said customer Jon Block.
Drivers we talked to said they come here for the prices, not the politics at the pump.
“It’s a free country,” Block said.
Buc-ee’s also wants to make clear that, as a company, they do not support political candidates. In fact, it’s prohibited from funding Texas political campaigns by law. Public campaign filings show Buc-ee’s owners Don Wasek and Beaver Aplin support Dan Patrick, as well as other qualified candidates.