San Antonio’s Julián Castro tries out to be new Obama

posted at 10:27 pm on September 4, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Julián Castro is the first-term mayor of San Antonio, Texas. In political circles, he and his twin brother Joaquîn are bandied about as the next great Hispanic Hope (NYT‘s words, not mine!), the scions of a Texas activist family led by matriarch Rosie Castro. Julian surpassed the likes of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigoso to earn Tuesday’s keynote speaker slot at the Democratic National Convention.

Mark McKinnon said of Castro in 2010, “Julián Castro has a very good chance of becoming the first Hispanic president of the United States.”

Castro was famously ridiculed by President Obama during a jobs summit in 2009, as the New York Times recounted in the kind of glowing profile only afforded Democratic up-and-comers:

In early December, Julián Castro, the newly elected mayor of San Antonio, visited the White House to attend President Obama’s national jobs-and-economic-growth forum. Castro was one of only five mayors in attendance and, at 35, the youngest. When his turn came to speak — the subject was the creation of green jobs — the president looked at him, midway down the long conference table, and said: “I thought he was on our staff. I thought he was an intern. This guy’s a mayor?” The other participants — world-famous economists, environmentalists and politicians — burst into laughter.

Here he is in that exchange:

Making him the keynote speaker is a clear attempt to position him as the young 2004 Sen. Obama of 2012. It remains to be seen whether his speech will catapult him in the same way Obama’s did. He is fresh-faced, promising, Ivy-League educated, with a reputation for pragmatism— he’s free-trade—but he’s got something else in common with President Obama. A tendency to building his own warm, fuzzy, green reputation with someone else’s money:

A 2011 report cited $16 million in federal funds for weatherization in San Antonio:

The program was granted $12.4 million and later received $4.1 million of additional funds, due to its success. Of the $16.5 million in federal funds, which are administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, just $13.1 million has been spent, yet the program has surpassed its goals, the city said. City officials expect the program to have weatherized 3,400 homes by the spring of 2012.

At least he seems to use our money more efficiently than some.

He has pushed the publicly owned CPS energy company in San Antonio to abandon nuclear expansions and close coal plants in favor of solar.

A bike share program, courtesy of us:

San Antonio used about $850,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Centers for Disease Control to put in its system, which began in March, said Julia Diana, an analyst for the city’s Office of Environmental Policy. That paid for bikes, computerized kiosks and docking stations.

Our wallets are probably lucky his green dreams are held in check by the electoral sensibilities of a Texas city.

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…his persona is Obama-metrosexual all the way…

He’ll likely get caught up in a gay bath house scandal like the one that Obama was able to evade.

socalcon on September 5, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Another poofter.

Mason on September 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

“Why didn’t I think of that?” LOL. I wouldn’t the guy anywhere my tax dollars, but that line was hilarious.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on September 5, 2012 at 12:23 AM

The MSM is touting this tool as the “Hispanic” Obama. Not only does that make my blood boil while making my hair stand on end, but it also insults my intelligence and should insult every hispanic within ear shot.

long_cat on September 5, 2012 at 12:25 AM

I bet he wears moms jeans, rides a girls bike, and throws like a girl.

Thanks Julia, been there, done that, & we are fixing that mistake in November.

Robert Jensen on September 5, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Well, if that was a tryout for the new Obama, he came off as a sarcastic jerk.

nametaken on September 5, 2012 at 12:39 AM

I think I’d like to hear what Joe Biden has to say about Julian Castro?

xdwall on September 5, 2012 at 12:43 AM

The program was granted $12.4 million and later received $4.1 million of additional funds, due to its success. Of the $16.5 million in federal funds, which are administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, just $13.1 million has been spent, yet the program has surpassed its goals, the city said. City officials expect the program to have weatherized 3,400 homes by the spring of 2012.

These ‘weatherization’ programs are typical proggie schemes to push money to the greedy unions. Mostly it ends up with overpaid workers caulking the crap out of things that don’t much need more caulking. I can’t say they are all that, but “weatherized 3,400 homes” doesn’t mean diddly until I see what they actually did.

slickwillie2001 on September 5, 2012 at 12:50 AM

He’ll likely get caught up in a gay bath house scandal like the one that Obama was able to evade.

socalcon on September 5, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Little Bammie only made it into power quickly enough that he was able to send the Secret Service to Chicago to clean up that mess before anyone on our side could get to it.

slickwillie2001 on September 5, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Ellis on September 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM

But you see you simple-minded flat-earther, bike rental systems are popular in Europe.

I live in Texas and I’ve never heard of this guy until the Democrats and the media (forgive my redundancy) anointed him as the next big thing. And therefore, that’s what he’ll become, and then the media will tell you it was just his shear awesomeness that powered his rise. It worked with King Choom, don’t fix what isn’t broken.

Transpo on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Yes, he ‘borrowed’ the bike rental idea from Paris (other European cities have it too, but Paris made it famous)..and it kinda works there, people like it. But then European cities are very different, way more congested than American cities, traffic is insane there for most part, also streets in the historical capitals are very narrow which ads to the congestion and traffic mayhem, so sure, a bike or a moped (see Rome) helps and It might actually save you time and get you from A to B faster than a car…but not so good for long distances though, they can’t beat the metro (subway)/ transit system…

jimver on September 5, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Obama had an advantage that this guy won’t have. In 2008, it had been 30 years since Jimmy Carter and an entire ignorant generation had been churned out by the public schools with no knowledge of 1970s-style malaise. It will be a long, long time before the country again elects a young, cocksure, charismatic leftist with an exotic ethnic backstory.

Travis Bickle on September 5, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Isn’t this the son in law on the Cosby Show? Eldon?

Rio Linda Refugee on September 5, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Austin tried the bike thing a few years ago, and they all disappeared within 6 months. Austin and SA both have them now with bikes dorky enough that nobody wants them.

JuC has a hurdle (wall) he can’t get over without moving to another state… Texas isn’t ILLinois, and no matter how clean and articulate, a socialist La Raza scion will never make the next step to Sen or Gov. CongRep like twin leprachaun (short & green) brother Joaquin maybe, but that doesn’t lead to 1600 Penn Ave.

Empiricist on September 5, 2012 at 2:42 AM

BTW he’s in his second of a possible 4 two-year terms as mayor.

Empiricist on September 5, 2012 at 2:45 AM

How does this guy go from mayor of San Antonio to President of the United States? The steps in between would usually be US senator or governor. Can he get elected to any of these in Texas?

Mark1971 on September 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Exactly, he has no pathway in Blood Red Texas. He’d have to hijack the Democrat machinery of a blue state a la Barry O’Bonga. Even if he managed to get nominated, he’ll still lose. He has no charisma, and the black vote won’t turn out for him. They’ll stay home.

Red Creek on September 5, 2012 at 3:51 AM

Why does he seem untrustworthy?

Philo Beddoe on September 5, 2012 at 6:08 AM

Why does he seem untrustworthy?

Philo Beddoe on September 5, 2012 at 6:08 AM

As I have posted here before, when he ran for mayor the first time six years ago he realized he had committed to two campaign locations at one time. Instead of correcting the problem he sent his twin brother Joaquin(who is running for congress) in his place.

Joaquin did not tell the folks he was not Julian and when the press found out, Julian took a small dive in the polls. This is course cost him the election and he waited until the mayor was term limited and he ran again.

Julian is now pushing an 1/8th percent sales tax to pay for Pre-K for about 4,000 children. The problem is they will probably end up going to some poor schools and lose the had start they had.

banzaibob on September 5, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Those Castros definitely partook of the grape koolaid by the looks of the dem convention.

Smiles wider than the lady in the Black Hole Sun music video.

Sherman1864 on September 5, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Actually many smiles:

http://vimeo.com/m/41080086

Sherman1864 on September 5, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Anybody remember those brothers that the MSM was pushing as the next big thing back in the 1980′s? Can’t remember their names, but they were from somewhere in the mid-west, and were supposed to be the “new Kennedys” or some such nonsense. They ended up getting charged with various crimes, including pedophelia IIRC, and their political careers never reached the lofty heights the MSM had so confidently predicted for them.

For some reason, this story reminds me of those other brothers.

AZCoyote on September 5, 2012 at 7:18 AM

just $13.1 million has been spent, yet the program has surpassed its goals, the city said. City officials expect the program to have weatherized 3,400 homes by the spring of 2012.

So, $13.1 million for 3,400 homes = almost $4K per house. Let me guess, new windows and roofs for the well-connected, and caulking around the doors for everyone else.

CJ on September 5, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Is he trying to be the new Obama, or the new Marco Rubio. It sure sounded like Castro tried (poorly) to rip off Rubio’s speech from last Thursday.

HarryBackside on September 5, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Any relation to Fidel?

magicbeans on September 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM

He gave a great speech last night. Everyone in my house was laughing.

His killer line was something like.

I stand before you as Texan, an American, and a BROWN PERSON.

Uh, this is Texas. White people are not the majority. And you think claiming to be brown is something special?

Awesome.

CorporatePiggy on September 5, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Why does he seem untrustworthy? Philo Beddoe on September 5, 2012 at 6:08 AM

Um… he’s a Democrat?

Akzed on September 5, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Boy Castro is 35 and mayor of a major city of 1m+ people.

Things that make you go hmmmmm.

CorporatePiggy on September 5, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Sounded like a copy cat Rubio speech, but missed the mark.

BetseyRoss on September 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM

A comment I left on the LA Times website for their article “Julian Castro takes spotlight at Democratic Convention”:

http://discussions.latimes.com/20/lanews/la-na-julian-castro-20120905/10

Yup, exactly like Barack — even down to the exuberant inexperience:

Heres a description of Julian Castro from the New York Times:

When [Julian Castro's] turn came to speak — the subject was the creation of green jobs — the president [Obama] looked at him, midway down the long conference table, and said: “I thought he was on our staff. I thought he was an intern. This guy’s a mayor?” The other participants — world-famous economists, environmentalists and politicians — burst into laughter.

And here’s a more infamous piece describing Barack Obama from the book Game Change:

The day after Iowa, [Bill Clinton] phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

Well, Bill was prescient, for the guy who should have stayed a junior staffer has turned into the Do Nothing President — a guy who’s only claim to fame is signing the bill creating Obamacare — a bill which is better named PelosiCare — because Zombie Nancy Pelosi carved the concept (which Obama had castigated as Candidate Obama when Candidate Clinton proposed it) out of Hillary Clinton’s brain and carried it to enactment.

Is Julian Castro any different? Check him out.

unclesmrgol on September 5, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Boy Castro is 35 and mayor of a major city of 1m+ people.

Things that make you go hmmmmm.

CorporatePiggy on September 5, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Even worse, he’s the Democratic mayor of a major city in a Republican State, and he’s using the Republican economy of his state much as a parasite uses its host to gain health.

unclesmrgol on September 5, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Pfffft. Henry Cisneros. Always The Great Brown Democrat Hope.

Meanwhile, the Republicans have Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio soon serving together in the Senate.

Marcus on September 4, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Yeah, I couldn’t help but think of Henry Cisneros while seeing them hype this guy. And how that worked out.

kg598301 on September 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

SAN ANTONIO – Mayoral hopeful Julian Castro acknowledged Wednesday that his twin brother took his place in a parade this week, waving at onlookers who mistook the stand-in for the candidate.

Castro told the Associated Press he had a conflicting event and didn’t intend to deceive anyone when state Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, boarded the City Council barge in the city’s River Parade.

They just can’t be honest…even about a parade, they have to deceive…it’s in their blood, the dems just can’t be straight up honest.

right2bright on September 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM

For some reason, this story reminds me of those other brothers.

AZCoyote on September 5, 2012 at 7:18 AM

I didn’t read your comment when I posted the above story…and you are right.

right2bright on September 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Any relation to Fidel?

magicbeans on September 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM

I’m sure Henry Louis Gates is looking into this.

slickwillie2001 on September 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Here is Julian Castro’s SA2020 website: http://www.sa2020.org/about

His topics mirror those we have from the current City Council here in Culver City (CA), even down to the base requirement that all large developments incorporate art — thus giving employment to artists.

Now, I don’t know about you, but to me art is a 1st Amendment thing — a way of expressing one’s self — and requiring art is sort of akin to requiring that we publish a newspaper or requiring that we speak or requiring that we have a religion — in places where we might not choose to do any of these.

As you check out the vision of SA2020, note how many of the initiatives require money, or require individuals to give up sovereignty over their own property.

Another thing Culver City has done is to develop a vibrant downtown. It did this through a Community Redevelopment organization which had the power to condemn properties. One man had his successful electrical supply shop condemned, taken, and sold to another man for a restaurant (restaurants and theaters were the target businesses for creation in Downtown Culver City — the Heart of Screenland). The city center did indeed boom and become prosperous — it’s now an entertainment destination — but the residential neighborhoods around the development are now so afflicted by people seeking parking — including employees of the businesses — that it became impossible to find parking in front of homes in those neighborhoods, even in front of houses several blocks away. This is due to the City building a parking structure and then charging exorbitant rates for parking there — so clients and employees seek parking on the residential streets nearby.

Culver City’s solution is to implement permit parking in the affected areas — I must now purchase a temporary permit if I want my guests to park in front of my house.

My neighbor across the street has a landscaping business — and a Culver City business license — but he cannot allow his workers to park in front of his house prior to going as a carpool to whatever job site he’s working at the moment.

It’s where, from the looks of SA2020, that San Antonio is going. It’s sad. I used to have a nice quiet residential street, and downtown had a plethora of businesses serving us residents — but no more.

unclesmrgol on September 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Could this lefties parents and grandparents accomplish today what they accomplished when citizens were free and success was encouraged? I think not, this speaker would be on food stamps and looking for the very handouts he gives. Would he even be, if grandma had free birth control and woman’s rights movement abortion?

Wade on September 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM

He would need to change his name, that name means a brutal cuban dictator in most Normal people’s minds. I realize that is sad, but it is true.

Fleuries on September 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I didn’t read all the comments, but unless my math is wrong, it only cost $4,852.00 to weatherize each home.

lfwest on September 5, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Here in San Antonio, he is trying to raise our taxes in order to enable the progressive indoctrination of children to begin 1 year earlier.

Ceteris Paribus on September 4, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Don’t forget the HOV lanes on the 410 and 10 freeways that he is trying to push on us. No one wants them, but that doesn’t matter. And how about the 281 toll road that they promised wouldn’t be if we approved their highway bond? This guy is “government control all the way”, and he makes good and sure that we pay dearly for it. The man is a menace to San Antonio, and I pity this country if he is accepted nationally.

NOMOBO on September 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Julian’s mother helped to found La Raza Unida Party, which is a very left group to put it lightly.

She is on record of making the following statement about the Alamo: “I can truly say that I hate that place and everything it stands for.”

BTW, his father was a long-time community activist.

Read up on Julian Castro before the left scrubs it clean. The DNC Convention is a leftist candidates political bar mitzvah.

catalan on September 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

She is on record of making the following statement about the Alamo: “I can truly say that I hate that place and everything it stands for.”

And, Texans aren’t too fond of her, either.
Nor, her leftist son.

San Antonio, Houston, Dallas……all the large cities is where the leftists are moving (some to escape the states they ruined with their collectivist ideas) to try to change Texas into reflections of the messes they’ve just left.

These are the groups that hate Perry and are the genesis of all the hate talk from “Texans” against him. Those and the lawyers that against the tort reform he got passed (which also includes the lawyer husband of Gretter VanCystern on Fox.)

Slowly the leftists, socialists, collectivists are trying to turn Texas into the mess that the East and West Coast has.

This guy is the latest onslaught.

avagreen on September 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Slowly the leftists, socialists, collectivists are trying to turn Texas into the mess that the East and West Coast has.

I’ve long believed that Texas citizenship classes should be a requirement to gain Texas citizenship. The dolts from all three “left coasts” think we are just another state. I learned about Texas Exceptionalism in my Texas History classes, they have not.

catalan on September 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

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