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Julian Castro takes his first step forward

Towards the Presidency.

Julian Castro

Julián Castro is taking another step toward a 2020 presidential campaign.

The former U.S. housing secretary and San Antonio mayor announced Wednesday that he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a bid and will make an announcement Jan. 12 in Texas. The committee is called Julián for the Future.


On Wednesday, he released a video message highlighting his family’s story, including how his grandmother came to America when she was seven years old and how “just two generations later” he became a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet and his twin brother, Joaquin, serves in Congress. He said he’d spend the next few weeks “talking to folks” before he makes an announcement.

“I never thought when I was growing up on the west side of San Antonio that I’d be speaking to you today about this,” he said. “My name is Julián Castro, and I know the promise of America.”

Castro would be among the first candidates to officially enter his party’s race to take on GOP President Donald Trump, with few others speaking as openly about potentially running as Castro has. More recently, there has been intense speculation about O’Rourke, who said during his Senate campaign that he would not run for president in 2020 but has since admitted he is not ruling anything out.

See here for my most recent update on this. I am really not ready to think about the 2020 Presidential campaign just yet. I know it’s inevitable, but Lord, give us a break. When I am ready to give this some thought, I will include Julian Castro on my list of candidates who interest me. For now, this is all I’ve got. Texas Monthly has more.

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  1. Manny Barrera says:

    Not sure why he thinks he has a chance, I am just as prone as many others that tend toward the darker shades of skin color to support (someone with a last name like him). He just does not create excitement.

    Notice that the author of the blog, that would be Kuff, used the new in word, Lantix. About 70% of the darker shade people (Latinx) are what was previously called Mexican-American. But we have to accommodate the Cubans, which tend to be either white or black, the people from Central America, Puerto Rico, and smaller groups from South America, and of course Spain.

    Most Mexican-American are about 60-70 percent white the rest Native American. If they are from Northern Mexico and have history there they are probably about 10% Jewish ancestry.

    Why don’t we break down the Whites in a similar fashion?

  2. Marc says:

    He should have run for Governor. Even if he had lost (which was likely, just like Beto), he would’ve been much better position to run for president (kind of like Beto). But what was even more possible is that he might’ve had a better chance to win (and Beto, too) than Lupe did.

  3. Bill Daniels says:

    I want to know if he is going to put public housing in Chappaqua (sp?), next door to the Clintons.

    Will he enrich the neighborhoods our political elite live in, or will he just place those government housing dwellers in MY neighborhood?

    Ask the good people of Copperfield how having the Deputy Goforth killer and his T Jones living in their neighborhood worked out.

  4. Manny Barrera says:

    Bill you already live among the bottom dwellers, don’t you?

  5. Bill Daniels says:


    I absolutely DO live among bottom dwellers, but all my trashy neighbors and I pay our own way. We don’t want riff raff supported with our tax dollars moving in, with all their hoodlum friends coming over to visit, staying off the books, and committing crimes, which is what Julian Castro promulgated during his time at HUD. (I want credit for the longest run-on sentence of 2018 on this forum.)

    That was my point. Julian ain’t puttin’ no housing projects in Tanglewood, next to the Bushes, or Chappaqua, next to the Clintons, Julian wants to put them in where you and I live…..because ‘diversity’ is great, as long as the people who are enforcing that ‘diversity’ don’t have it in their neighborhoods.

    Surely this is a case of NIMBY that you and I can both agree on.

  6. Manny Barrera says:

    Bill you were complaining cause Turner was not putting them in those neighborhoods, go figure.

    As to longest sentence ever written, happened I read about it today, William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

    But I know what you are talking about, but don’t worry he won’t be the candidate.