His record as San Antonio’s mayor is not a good one, but he’s forming a national PAC anyway…
Julian Castro, the man who served as President Obama’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and perhaps best known for being overlooked by Hillary Clinton to be her running mate in 2016, is forming a political action committee as he “considers a possible run for president in 2020.”
The new group is called “Opportunity First,” a favorite catchphrase of Castro’s since his days as mayor of San Antonio, though it is also similar to President Donald Trump’s “America First” slogan. The group will support candidates for federal, state and local office and could finance other political activities for Castro, who has already lent a hand to several congressional and gubernatorial candidates around the country since the end of the Obama administration.
Castro, 42, is the former mayor of San Antonio whose tenure was marked by an employee wage freeze, job cuts, and a spike in crime.
Unfortunately for Castro, his tenure at HUD was no better. A Washington Post investigation found that 25,000 public housing tenants made the maximum income to qualify for public housing, while employees ranked HUD 21st out of 24 mid-size government agencies to work for during his tenure.
Castro’s political ambitions likely outweigh his leadership experience, making a 2020 campaign a hard sell. But that hasn’t stopped others from trying in the past. Time will tell if Castro decides to pull the trigger on a White House run.
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