In the state of Texas, the options for Democratic politicians are somewhat limited, especially if said persons have aspirations towards a national-level office. The overwhelming majority of Presidents or Vice Presidents are chosen from the pool of Governors, or Senators. Democrats in the Lone Star State haven’t been able to break into statewide office in 20 years. No access to statewide office typically means no ability to enter the national arena.
But there is one alternative route, be it far less traveled… being pushed into the national spotlight as a member of the President’s cabinet. It appears now that this may be San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro’s way to break the Texas ceiling. Here’s the scoop from the Washington Post…
President Obama is preparing to nominate Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio as his new secretary of housing and urban development, elevating one of his party’s Hispanic rising stars as part of a cabinet shuffle that has possible implications for the 2016 presidential race, Democrats informed about the plans said on Saturday.
Mr. Castro, who has often been mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate for the Democrats, would take the place of Shaun Donovan, who is to become director of the Office of Management and Budget. That job is being vacated by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, whom Mr. Obama tapped to be secretary of health and human services and who seems headed to Senate confirmation.
A cabinet-level position definitely has its advantages, even over winning a statewide election. For one thing, you get to leave electoral politics behind, and focus on affecting real policy changes. A big reason why Hillary Clinton is viewed so positively today is because she hasn’t had to run for office since 2008. A White House post will afford Mr. Castro the same opportunity.
There’s been no official announcement yet, but most predict it’s only a matter of weeks.