San Antonio mayor likely tapped for presidential cabinet

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Julian Castro may very well be going through the vetting process to secure a spot within President Barack Obama

Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (WOAI) - Government sources reported Mayor Julian Castro may very well be going through the vetting process to secure a spot within President Barack Obama's Cabinet.

Some area leaders are excited about the prospect of having a San Antonian at the top level of the administration, while others said it would be a bad move for the country.

Over the past two years, San Antonio Mayor Castro made a name for himself. Castro was the first Hispanic chosen to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in 2012. After the presidential election, Obama approached Castro about serving as transportation secretary, but the mayor indicated he wanted to stay in San Antonio. Now government sources say Castro is on the president's radar as the next HUD secretary.

"I think it's terrific. It gives San Antonio national exposure. To have our former mayor serving on a cabinet position is about as high as you can get," Bexar County Judge and Former Mayor Nelson Wolff said.

Wolff said this move is not only positive for the city, but it's also great for the entire state.

Although some city and county leaders think this is a step in the right direction, others feel differently.

Council member Ron Nirenberg added this move will help in the collaboration between city, state and federal government.

If Castro is nominated, a city council member will pick up the title as interim mayor. That person will be picked by the council. The 39-year-old has been mayor since May 2009. He started his third term in 2013.

Earlier this year when asked by the New York Times about who would be a good Democratic Hispanic candidate who could counter a Republican Hispanic candidate, Castro responded and said: "I don't know...That's a good question. Call me in 2016." The White House press secretary in the past has said, "The president and others believe that Mayor Castro has a very bright future."

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