Team Hillary to Julian Castro: Back off

posted at 4:01 pm on June 4, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

The media has noticed that new HUD Secretary and former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro has upped his public profile as the presidential race heats up. He’s not jockeying for a position in the race itself, according to analysts, but attempting to position himself as a potential running mate for the Democratic nominee — specifically, Hillary Clinton. Part of that effort apparently entails rounding up Hispanic activists to pressure Hillary into moving him to the short list in case she wins the nomination, report Politico’s Gabriel DeBenedetti and Annie Karni. Team Hillary is less than amused at the power play, tossing a brushback pitch to teach the upstart a thing or two:

The flashy trial balloon and Castro’s innate appeal have likely ensured the Mexican-American Cabinet member a place on Clinton’s vice presidential long list if she wins the nomination, Democrats close to Clinton said. But Castro hardly has any relationship with the candidate herself, and the effort has gotten a mixed reception at best.

Democrats say it’s far too early for this conversation — arguing that it’s unproductive to talk about a general election ticket when Clinton is battling three other declared Democratic candidates and the ever-present perception of inevitability.

“If I were Julián Castro I’d be worried,” said one Clinton ally with an eye on Democrats’ efforts to woo Hispanic voters. “Others who are in his corner need to dial down those effusive musings.”

The piece has almost no one on the record with that point of view. One on-the-record conversation comes from Henry Cisneros, himself a former HUD Secretary and mayor of San Antonio prior to Castro’s emergence, although Politico quotes other Latinos in the Democratic Party extolling Castro’s virtues. Cisneros wants Castro on the ticket, calling him “the superior candidate” based in part on his record (of what?), but also his “Latin heritage.”

Another on-the-record conversation comes from Chris Lehane, a longtime Clinton ally, who wonders how Democrats can possibly argue that a mayor and a HUD Secretary can be considered ready to be a heartbeat away from the big chair — perhaps especially when the top of the ticket is 69 years old. At least Dan Quayle had two terms in the Senate.

Remember when Democrats made the same point about the GOP’s running mate in 2008? Team Hillary does, and another anonymouse from Team Clinton delivered this parting shot at Castro and his cheerleading squad:

“Yes, he’s a rising star, and people even talk about him being the first Latino president,” said the Democratic strategist allied with Clinton. “But now is just not the time, in this day and age when people are looking for real presidential experience. [President Barack] Obama was on the receiving end of charges of not being prepared.”

“John McCain chose Sarah Palin and was bashed for that,” she added. “She has more experience than [Castro] does.”

Actually, Palin had more experience in executive governance than any of the three other people on the major-party tickets at the time. Democrats insisted that Palin couldn’t be trusted with the job, especially with John McCain’s age and potential health issues. It’ll be a little too much of a parallel for a campaign that will already get plenty of comparisons to the 2008 Republican effort.

Besides, this misses a couple of key points. First, the candidate at the top of the ticket can’t afford to be overshadowed by their running mate, and the focus on Castro — his personality and his lack of credibility — would almost certainly do that, muddying up the message. Second, running mates don’t win or lose elections. Despite the ridicule heaped on Quayle, George H. W. Bush came from double-digit polling deficits to easily beat Michael Dukakis. Walter Mondale lost 49 states in 1984 despite adding Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate as the first woman on a major ticket. Barack Obama won two elections with the gaffe-prone Joe Biden despite an earlier plagiarism scandal. It helps to have a sound and capable running mate, but voters cast ballots for the presidency, not for the coolness of the person at the bottom of the ticket.

The message from Clintonland sounds pretty clear in any case: Back off, kid.


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“Go to the back of the line.”

aquaviva on June 4, 2015 at 4:05 PM

The kid doesn’t even speak Spanish.

He’s done even less than the carrion-scumhag ever did, except mooch off of her underaged girl-abusing ‘husband’.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2015 at 4:06 PM

Pay Lin…isn’t that one of those nefarious Chinese Clinton Foundation donors…

PatriotRider on June 4, 2015 at 4:06 PM

His donation is insufficient. Gotta pony up the bribes to get anywhere in Clintonworld. What do you take them for, public SERVANTS?

ConstantineXI on June 4, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Team Hillary to Julian Castro: Back off

She’s holding out for Fidel.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 4, 2015 at 4:10 PM

If we can get a Hussein elected as POTUS, a Castro for VPOTUS is a walk in the park.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on June 4, 2015 at 4:12 PM

“John McCain chose Sarah Palin and was bashed for that,” she added. “She has more experience than [Castro] does.”

Even right now, Sarah Palin has more practical governing experience than Hillary does.

No Chairman Mao Pantsuits there, either. :)

Brian1972 on June 4, 2015 at 4:13 PM

“[Palin] has more experience than he does.”

Yes, but he’s Hispanic. The La Raza Champion. Hillary would never be forgiven by the new left if she didn’t select this Reconquesta radical as her VP. Castro is the face of the New American that will take over soon.

anotherJoe on June 4, 2015 at 4:13 PM

But is he a wise latino?

Bishop on June 4, 2015 at 4:13 PM

Julian Castro is a cheerleader for illegal alien amnesty and is an unqualified, unprepared, empty suit affirmative action beneficiary.

bluegill on June 4, 2015 at 4:14 PM

And we all know what she called him in Private now don’t we?

I mean, her Husband stated that 10 years ago Obama would’ve
been serving them coffee for Christ’s sake.

ToddPA on June 4, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Good, let the reconquista occur, imagine the hilarity which would ensue in Cali.

-Ello Senor Damon, we are from thee gooverment and on beehalv of vice presidente Julian Castro we will need to take your Malibu mansion and geev it back to the Mexica. Thank you for you cooperacion.

“Wait….what?”

-Get out now or we will keel you, whitey.

Bishop on June 4, 2015 at 4:18 PM

Does Castro really want to hitch himself onto that stinking rotting dilapidated carcass of a band wagon? I sure wouldn’t.

Hell if this country had an ounce of integrity, she would be in jail by 2016. Wouldn’t look too good for any potential future runs for him.

Oxymoron on June 4, 2015 at 4:20 PM

If we can get a Hussein elected as POTUS, a Castro for VPOTUS is a walk in the park.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on June 4, 2015 at 4:12 PM

German Democrat voting block not big enough to nominate the real McCoy.

Rix on June 4, 2015 at 4:22 PM

Democrats say it’s far too early for this conversation — arguing that it’s unproductive to talk about a general election ticket when Clinton is battling three other declared Democratic candidates and the ever-present perception of inevitability.
Ha ha ha ha…I am glad I wasn’t drinking anything while reading that…3 other candidates? Those 3 clowns wouldn’t be competitive in a dog catchers race.

RoddREpub on June 4, 2015 at 4:23 PM

on beehalv of vice presidente Julian Castro we will need to take your Malibu mansion and geev it back to the Mexica..

Bishop on June 4, 2015 at 4:18 PM

Make it the Palo Alto / Silcon Valley / SF (Pelosi’s district) mansion, and maybe the elite limousine liberals will start having second thoughts on the socialist / communist road they are leading us down.

anotherJoe on June 4, 2015 at 4:24 PM

What about Asians? Damn racists.

S. D. on June 4, 2015 at 4:27 PM

O/T – Cruz will be on Cavuto pretty soon.

31giddyup on June 4, 2015 at 4:30 PM

More GOP infighting. I like it.

Ned Pepper on June 4, 2015

22044 on June 4, 2015 at 4:32 PM

Maybe dims could choose another Castro for VP. The one from Cuba. He’d feel right at home in the dim party.

cat_owner on June 4, 2015 at 4:34 PM

Team Hillary is less than amused at the power play, tossing a brushback pitch to teach the upstart a thing or two:

That’s nothing that a six figure “contribution” to the Clinton foundation couldn’t cure. A high six figure bribe contribution.

rbj on June 4, 2015 at 4:35 PM

First, the candidate at the top of the ticket can’t afford to be overshadowed by their running mate, and the focus on Castro — his personality and his lack of credibility — would almost certainly do that, muddying up the message.

He’s a Democrat. OJT is the modus operandi. Look how well the SCOAMF has done with his OJT.

Second, running mates don’t win or lose elections.

Tell that to John McCain. I doubt McCain would’ve done as well as he did in 2008 without Sarah Palin on the ticket.

Mommys Little Darling on June 4, 2015 at 4:38 PM

Remember when Democrats made the same point about the GOP’s running mate in 2008? Team Hillary does, and another anonymouse from Team Clinton delivered this parting shot at Castro and his cheerleading squad:

posted at 4:01 pm on June 4, 2015 by Ed Morrissey Noah Rothman

Welcome back Noah! It does work for a Clinton ally though. “The Anonymouse that Roared.”

NiteOwl on June 4, 2015 at 4:43 PM

He’s taken his role model as the Hildebeast. Just look at her campaign poster!

Nethicus on June 4, 2015 at 4:43 PM

Raaaacist!

Democrats say it’s far too early for this conversation — arguing that it’s unproductive to talk about a general election ticket when Clinton is battling three other declared Democratic candidates and the ever-present perception of inevitability.

LOL — “battling” three other declared Democrat candidates. Since when does “battling” mean ducking the media on purpose in order to avoid questions while barely refusing to put any effort into campaigning? Bernie Sanders is a total moonbat with zero chance of winning the Democrat nomination let alone the presidency; Warren has all but said no unless Hillary! flames out early; and while O’Malley has the best shot of dethroning Queen Hillary!, he’s bland and one-note once you get beyond his silly campaigns on youth and good looks.

Aizen on June 4, 2015 at 4:46 PM

Castro is smarmy, obviously thinks highly of himself, and oozes ambition.

With him as VP, Hillary would have to hire a food taster upon moving into the WH.

Meredith on June 4, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Per Wikipedia:

Anonymouse – An open proxy is a proxy server that is accessible by any Internet user. Generally, a proxy server only allows users within a network group (i.e. a closed proxy) to store and forward Internet services such as DNS or web pages to reduce and control the bandwidth used by the group. With an open proxy, however, any user on the Internet is able to use this forwarding service.

Oh, the irony!

NiteOwl on June 4, 2015 at 4:51 PM

“John McCain chose Sarah Palin and was bashed for that,” she added. “She has more experience than [Castro] does.”

Yes…by the left… the conservatives thought is was the best thing he did. Then McCain put a leash on Palin and lost the election.

LoganSix on June 4, 2015 at 4:51 PM

Castro, my former mayor, is a dangerous progressive. He, with the guidance of his mother (an official in La Raza) will ad to the democratic ruination of our country.

PaCadle on June 4, 2015 at 4:57 PM

Castro is smarmy, obviously thinks highly of himself, and oozes ambition.

With him as VP, Hillary would have to hire a food taster upon moving into the WH.

Meredith on June 4, 2015 at 4:50 PM

I would bet Bubba will be happy to “audition” them. Ha ha

NiteOwl on June 4, 2015 at 4:59 PM

Yes…by the left… the conservatives thought is was the best thing he did. Then McCain put a leash on Palin and lost the election.

LoganSix on June 4, 2015 at 4:51 PM

McCain put a leash on Palin and unleashed the hounds in his campaign to undermine and destroy her.

Aizen on June 4, 2015 at 4:59 PM

The Castro twins and their mother are grifters and LaRaza members.They called the Alamo defenders redneck racist drunks.I wouldn’t be surprised if they have connections to the cartels.

docflash on June 4, 2015 at 5:16 PM

The caption on that photo should be: “I will throat punch you into next week if you make that suggestion again. Now Back Off!”

TIdbIT on June 4, 2015 at 5:25 PM

But is he a wise latino?

Bishop on June 4, 2015 at 4:13 PM

With a little work he could be a wise Latina.

Fenris on June 4, 2015 at 5:29 PM

Henry Cisneros backs Castro as the Dem VP? You mean this Henry Cisneros?

In March 1995, US Attorney General Janet Reno bowed to demands of the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives and secured the appointment of an Independent Counsel, David Barrett to investigate allegations that Cisneros had lied to FBI investigators during background checks prior to being named Secretary of HUD. He had been asked about payments that he had made to former mistress Linda Medlar, also known as Linda Jones. Both were married at the time when Medlar volunteered to work on Cisneros’ campaign for Mayor of San Antonio. The affair had been ‘public knowledge’ for a number of years until Medlar sold the story to Fox News for $15,000. The investigation was based on Cisneros’s understating to the FBI the amount of money paid to his former mistress and was continued for 10 years, until in January 1996, when Congress finally refused to continue funding it.

Citing the needs of his family, Cisneros ended his term as Secretary in January 1997. After the controversy became known during his first term as Secretary, Cisneros offered to submit his resignation to Clinton, who rejected it with a public statement that described Cisneros as “a good man and an effective public servant”. Cisneros decided to stay in his position, adding in a statement in the San Antonio Express-News, “I regret any mistakes that I have made but affirm once again that I have at no point violated the public’s trust.”

He said the decision was largely brought on by the mounting legal costs to defend an investigation by Janet Reno Special Prosecutor David Barrett into allegations he had lied to the FBI about the size of payments he gave his former mistress, Linda Medlar. Cisneros, who made $148,000 annually in his cabinet position, had tuition bills for a daughter in her third year at New York University law school and another who was a fourth-year student at Stanford, in addition to continued medical care bills for his ailing son. “Really, I came to do this for four years. I prayed I could stretch the finances that far,” he said. “This is about as far as I can stretch it.”

Medlar had surfaced in 1994 with a breach of contract lawsuit against Cisneros, claiming he had agreed to support her until her daughter’s college graduation, but that he had discontinued monthly payments. Cisneros had made payments to her following the end of their affair, discontinuing them only after taking a pay cut upon returning to public life. Although Cisneros had divulged the payments during the FBI background check preceding his appointment, Medlar’s claims suggested that Cisneros might have misrepresented the amount. That led to Attorney General Janet Reno recommending a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate Cisneros in March 1995. In December 1997, Cisneros was indicted on 18 counts of conspiracy, giving false statements and obstruction of justice. In September 1999, Cisneros negotiated a plea agreement, under which he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of lying to the FBI and was fined $10,000. He did not receive jail time or probation.

Medlar used some of the Cisneros money to purchase a house and entered into a bank fraud scheme with her sister and brother-in-law to conceal the source of the money. In January 1998, Medlar pleaded guilty to 28 charges of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and obstruction of justice. [1]

Clinton later pardoned Cisneros in January 2001.

Mitoch55 on June 4, 2015 at 5:33 PM

Obviously, Julian forgot to make his monthly “donation” to the Clinton Foundation.

Pork-Chop on June 4, 2015 at 5:58 PM

It helps to have a sound and capable running mate, but voters cast ballots for the presidency, not for the coolness of the person at the bottom of the ticket.

Oh BS, that’s the old USA

Nowadays it’s all about identity politics

Having a joke unqualified idiot like Castro as VP on the ticket will still actually bring out millions of Hispanic voters, just because of the color of his skin and his spanish name. Black and Hispanic voters have shown that they shamelessly vote solely on their race

Hillary is holding out for a gay or trans VP at this point– being “just” a token Latino isn’t hot enough for these idiots

Meanwhile, the fact that an unqualified racist idiot like Castro is the only token Latino they can come up with for VP is absolutely pathetic– that just shows how shallow their talent pool has become in

thurman on June 4, 2015 at 6:33 PM

If Clinton hopes to motivate Blacks to come out and vote, wouldn’t be surprised if Team Hillary! were not looking for a Black VP candidate.

Is Booker still around?

GarandFan on June 4, 2015 at 7:43 PM

Everyday, I see or hear of another woman proclaiming her ambition to vote for the “First Woman President” This sickens me to the core, I am truly embarrassed of my gender. If she was to win, I might actually consider sex-reassignment surgery. I could easily live life as a “Joe.” Luckily, most of the Hillary support is coming from younger females who were mere “yoots” during the last Clinton go-around and only hope, somehow, they receive a heavenly bolt of common sense between now and Nov 2016. I didn’t think the Left could get anymore hypocritical than they already were but every time I see Hillary speak (lately) I can’t understand why those present aren’t screaming out “Clinton Cash” questions instead of politely sitting there, legs crossed, arms folded, listening intently, like it was any other “normal” question session. It would be like trying to have a conversation with someone that has a giant Japanese hornet on their shoulder. In that case, I would never warn Hillary of the bug, but would warn others and run away to protect myself. Need I comment any further?

BabysCatz on June 4, 2015 at 8:39 PM

Cisneros wants Castro on the ticket, calling him “the superior candidate” based in part on his record (of what?), but also his “Latin heritage.”

This Castro character is even less impressive when you consider that his last election running for mayor of San Antonio garnered him exactly 29,454 votes. This, in a city of over 1 million people and the 7th largest city in the country! He may have won the election but it was by no means due to overwhelming turnout by the majority hispanic population!

glennbo on June 4, 2015 at 9:22 PM

This could get interesting, if someone other than Jeb Bush wins the Republican nomination and chooses Marco Rubio as his running mate, in order to win Florida’s EV’s. We could be listening to a VP debate in Spanish, and Senator Rubio has not so friendly memories of another man named Castro…

Steve Z on June 4, 2015 at 10:42 PM

So, is Hillary still running? I thought she dropped out? No?

virgo on June 5, 2015 at 1:10 AM

Hildabeast Cankles. Fauxcohontas. Martin “I look better shirtless than Putin” O’Malley. The Castro queers.

Ah yes, the Democrat party is in marvelous shape.

Run Hillary, run.

Younggod on June 5, 2015 at 6:51 AM

Stand tall Joe Biden.

Will Joe now challenge the Hildebeast ?

Joe can play the sympathy card on the Hildebeast, it will freak her out. And knock her out of the lead.

lostsoulsbeach on June 6, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Hillary needs to be the super star and look good or better than the VP nominee. Julian is younger and hurts her by comparison She needs a Kerry or Biden to add stature but neither make her look older.

celador2 on June 6, 2015 at 6:09 PM