San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will be the first Latino to give the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention this week.
Being the keynote speaker is a prime gig that often launches the careers of young ambitious political minds.
In 2004, then-little-known state Senator Barack Obama grabbed the national spotlight at the DNC and proclaimed:
“There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America.”
According to the Hill:
Like Obama, the telegenic and carefully scripted Castro could fast become a national star. At 37, he is the youngest big-city mayor in the country and has been mentioned by operatives in both parties as a future governor of Texas or even the first Hispanic president. He doesn’t deny interest in either job, saying only that if he gets reelected in 2017, he’ll “look around and see what’s possible.”
But Castro is not the only political force in a family that resembles a working-class, Tejano version of the Kennedys. His mother, Rosie Castro, is a longtime community activist who fought to end the city’s Anglos-only political dominance — and, as a single mother, dragged her young sons to countless political meetings, instilling in them the sense that “public service could be noble,” in Julian Castro’s words. His twin brother, Joaquin, who is one minute younger, is a heavy favorite to become a congressman next year.
The twins first handed out campaign fliers at age 3 and joined their mother inside the voting booth so they could see the literal nuts and bolts of democracy. Before they were old enough to vote, they’d interned for a number of local officials and were being groomed for bigger things in the west San Antonio barrio.
Hopefully Castro can pull off the same excitement Obama did in 2004; good luck to ya buddy!
SOURCE: The Hill