San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is the new darling of the Democratic Party, as his speech last night blew away the thousands in attendance inside Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena.
Delivering the keynote speech is typically a stepping-stone to stardom in the Democratic Party, and Castor definitely delivered.
Of course, as Castro’s stature grows in the party, everyone wants to know more about the young San Antonio, TX Mayor who captivated the Democratic audience last night. Many are speculating that Castro could possibly be the first Latino president one day!
So before anyone goes digging through his trash, here are a few things you need to know about the newest shining star of the Democratic Party: Julian Castro.
Julian has no relation to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, no matter how many times people tweet that he’s related to the Cuban dictator.
Julian has the cutest daughter in the world and she's already become a star. Young Carina Victoria stole the spotlight from her dad, flipping her hair back and forth during his DNC speech.
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President Obama played a joke on Castro when they first met telling him, "I thought you were an intern, this guy’s a mayor?”" Julian replied: “Of San Antonio, Tex.”
Obama grinned and said, “I’m messing with you…I know who you are.”
The political gene runs in the family, as Julian's identical twin brother, Joaquin, is a Texas state representative running for Congress. Julian's the one on the left.
Julian was accused of trying to pull a fast one during the city council's parade float when his brother Joaquin took his place in 2005.
Julian said that it was a scheduling conflict and didn't intend to trick anyone with the bait and switch.
Julian's mother, Rosie Castro, was a leader of the Mexican-American civil rights movement La Raza Unida in the 1970s.
Castro's mother, Rosie (second from right), as a 23-year-old City Council candidate in 1971.
When Julian took office as Mayor, one of his first acts was to hang a 1971 La Raza Unida City Council campaign poster, featuring his mother, in his private office.
Julian wears his progressiveness like a badge of honor. He said he supports free trade and advocates for energy policy that includes fossil fuels. He believes in balancing the budget and refers to David Souter as his ideal Supreme Court justice.
Julian said that he supports Affirmative Action and it's the only reason he got into college and law school.
Julian told the New York Times:
“Joaquín and I got into college because affirmative action...I scored 1,210 on my SATs, which was lower than the median matriculating student. But I did fine in college and in law school. So did Joaquín. I’m a strong supporter of affirmative action because I’ve seen it work in my own life.”
Joaquín and Julian both went to Stanford University.