As Austin has gone down the Marxist rabbit hole over the past half-decade, City Councilmember Gregorio “Greg” Casar has led the charge—and he is now hoping to keep burrowing further down.
Casar is running for re-election in November, and at Texas Scorecard, we identified his far-left political leanings almost three years ago (not that they were hidden before that). While Councilmember Casar has been an official member of the Democrat Socialists of America since 2017, he’s often tried to downplay the association.
I’m a proud @austin_DSA member. Together, we’re going to win this race and make our city work for working people. https://t.co/PN9SWhcDas
— Gregorio Casar (@GregCasar) September 30, 2020
This isn’t surprising—and Casar’s actions have certainly aligned with the destructive ideology.
During his time on the all-Democrat council, Casar has led the way for himself and his colleagues to enact a slew of Democrat socialist agenda items that have harmed citizens. These range from continuously voting to raise citizens’ taxes, spearheading new business mandates that have been proven to slash employees’ wages and cut jobs, fighting to stop the public from seeing how city hall spends their money, and leading charges to defund the local police and allow homeless individuals to camp in nearly all public spaces across the city.
The results speak for themselves, from alarming increases in crime on the streets, shuttered iconic local businesses, and suffocating costs of living for working-class Austinites (a startling 42 percent of Austin families are struggling to make ends meet, according to a United Way report).
Yet Casar and the Democrat socialists want to impose more of the same.
Casar is up for re-election this November and faces Louis Herrin, an environmental engineer who is against defunding the police. Austinites who are hoping to stop the city’s slide into Venezuela territory are encouraged to vote in their city council races.