U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, is encouraging a boycott after owners of the business endorsed Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor.
Castro sent a tweet saying he won't gas up there because Patrick is a "fear mongering immigrant basher:"
Won't gas up there anymore since they support a fear mongering immigrant basher. "@KoltenParker: Buc-ee's endorses Dan Patrick for Lt. Gov.
— Joaquin Castro (@Castro4Congress) March 10, 2014
The tweet was prompted by a Facebook post from Patrick trumpeting his support from Buc-ee's founders Arch "Beaver" Aplin III & Don Wasek. " I love entrepreneurs and Don … and Beaver … are two of the best we have in Texas. They have created a great business by responding to what customers want and doing it better than anyone else in their industry," Patrick wrote.
Patrick also took the time to pose with Buc'ee the Beaver himself:
Buc-ee's attorney Jeff Nadalo tells KUT the owners of the business are speaking for themselves, not on behalf of the business.
"Buc-ees would hope that the political positions of its employees and others working within the organization would have no impact on where its customers choose to purchase their Beaver Nuggets and gasoline."
Patrick is facing incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a Republican primary May 27.