Archive for September, 2012

Julian Castro for Governor? Please?
September 5, 2012

Doing some catch up viewing on last night’s DNC2012 speeches and yeah, how bout Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, huh?

The last time I saw a Texas politician make such a splash at the convention, I was watching my beloved Ann Richards say, “Poor George!”  Mayor Castro scored an equally big hit with me with his “Mitt Romney Says No!” refrain, punctuated by the very clever close, in which the question of expanded health care coverage was met with Castro stopping in mid-sentence, allowing the crowd to say “Mitt Romney Says No!” and casually correcting them: “Actually…” to thunderous applause.  Because, as we all know, and Castro reminded the crowd, Mitt Romney used to say yes, but now says no.

Genius.

Mayor Castro is getting a huge amount of national attention this morning, and I would love it if he’d capitalize on it quickly.  I’m hoping he’ll (quickly) mount a campaign for governor.

I really liked Bill White.  But no one in Texas seemed to know who he was, much less consider voting for him.  With all the press Mayor Castro is getting, that shouldn’t be a problem.  He’s young, charismatic, and could be a star player in the Texas Democratic Party.  The election, of course, isn’t until 2014, so he’d likely have to wait out the Presidential and Congressional elections this year (his twin brother, Joaquin, is running for Congress), but sometime next year, with everything in place, he could easily announce and hit the ground running.  In a state that’s been starved for major Democratic players for a very long time, it would be a welcome and refreshing change.

So, Mr. Mayor, can I look forward to volunteering for your campaign next year?