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I have been meaning to write this post for awhile, but other commitments have precluded this from happening. So here is a quick rundown of LFT’s work in San Antonio in support of Julian Castro.
On Saturday April 23, Latinos for Texas members put their money where their mouth is and blockwalked for Julian Castro’s mayoral campaign. Fiesta was in full swing and it was a beautiful day. We spent most of the day covering two precincts and quickly escaped our downtown search for margaritas when the Fiesta crowd became colossal.
The trip was a success in many ways. Not only did we get exercise and a lot of laughter, we were able to meet several members of the Castro campaign. We did not see Castro, but meeting the people working on his campaign gave us some great insight into what might be driving the candidate. Castro’s backers believe in him, as they should and our trek into the neighborhoods proved positive overall. The few negatives did not stem from the river parade, financial report or Sculley deal. Castro has even won over some who have consistently voted Republican. I will quote an older gentleman (without a monocle) as saying Castro was “a good guy, but the other candidate is an old friend of 50 years,” hhmmm, I wonder who that could be.
Some staffers candidly expressed the urgency that comes with the final days of a campaign. It was not a plea of desperation (okay maybe for some money), but a resolute belief (I think) that this candidate needs to win. I’ll admit that a trip to the other HQs might reveal the same and maybe a staffer even rubbed me the wrong way (a bit), but I happen to agree with his point. Although Castro has consistently led every poll, he is still the “grassroots” guy running against big dollars and years (and years and years) of insider elbow-rubbing.
My big brother likens Castro to Garza because they represent(ed) the same district, but I prefer to think of him as the candidate from the same area as Willie Velasquez and Henry Cisneros (yes, this is a slight stretch, but give him some time). He’s the candidate who like much of San Antonio’s youth was raised by a single mom and went to public school. Circumstance and responsibility led him to the Ivy Leagues and eventually on a return trip home because of his belief that he could make a difference.
S.A.’s Jeffersonian, in his backing of Hardberger, stated:
Not one campaign has a very good message- Julian’s seems to be: One City. My Destiny.
And he’s right, it may be Castro’s destiny to be Mayor of the 8th largest U.S. city, the voters will decide that, but he will have to take all of San Antonio along for a great ride if he wants to continue a life of public service.
Democracy for America supports candidates who are fiscally responsible, socially progressive and have demonstrated broad grassroots support. You can see the first DFA-List here.
Recommend Julian for the DFA list here.