Marvel at the Power of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro!

by Jim Geraghty

Remember San Antonio mayor Julian Castro? Ever since he was named keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, I’ve kept an eye on the man nearly universally touted as a rising star in Democratic-party politics, even though his record as mayor is . . . brief and thin, particularly in the areas of crime and education.

But now, to his credit, a radio station named Mayor Castro the fourth-most powerful person!

No, not in the Democratic party.

No, not in the state of Texas.

The fourth-most powerful person . . . in San Antonio.

WOAI San Antonio put San Antonio city manager Sheryl Sculley atop the list, followed by business leaders Graham Weston, “whose visionary leadership at Rackspace has helped transform San Antonio into a tech center,” and Charles Butt, the president of HEB.

Their profile of Castro notes, “San Antonio’s celebrity mayor has used his ill-defined office to promote himself and the city, and both in a very effective manner.”

Of course, self-promotion can take you far in this world.

Chuck Kerr, an artist at Current, emphasized Julian Castro’s seemingly preordained role in national Democratic politics:

He invited Campaign Spot readers to build their own Castro campaign posters, proudly endorsing the mayor for president, governor, senator, mayor, Jedi Master, or Top Chef contestant.

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