U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro seems to attract buzz and excitement wherever he goes. At 41, Castro is still politically young, but has already forged a strong political resume and appealing image, one that quickly moved him from City Council to Mayor of San Antonio, where he attracted national attention for his work to make San Antonio a “City on the Rise.” He left in the middle of his third term as mayor to accept his current position as HUD Secretary in Washington D.C.

But there’s more to Castro than likability or charisma. His move to Washington was viewed as a sign of bigger political jumps ahead. Since his public endorsement of Hillary Clinton at her campaign stop in San Antonio last fall, Castro has been named as one of the more likely candidates in her search for a Vice President.

As a young, charismatic Latino who proudly speaks of his humble beginnings and his faith in the American Dream, Castro could be the ideal candidate to excite new, young voters, and draw them to the polls. Clinton has never possessed that brand of youthful, emotional energy that connects candidates with voters – at least, not yet.

(Read More: Rivard: Hillary’s VP List and the Castro Candidacy)

Image ©John Branch for the Rivard Report, 2016.



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Cartoonist John Branch has commented on San Antonio and Texas politics for decades; his work is syndicated nationally by King Features.