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Obama to tap Julian Castro for housing secretary

Julian Castro
CHICAGO (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to boost the profile of an up-and-coming young Hispanic Democrat by nominating San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become the nation's housing secretary. Obama's current housing chief gets a new title: budget director.

Obama was expected to announce his latest Cabinet shuffle at the White House on Friday afternoon, a White House official said, shortly after he returns from an overnight trip to his Chicago hometown to raise money for Senate Democratic candidates.

He was to be joined by Castro and Donovan, two men both close to the president and whose profiles would receive a significant boost from moving into the higher-profile positions. The White House official who disclosed the nominations would speak only on condition of anonymity before a pending personnel announcement by Obama.

Obama chose Castro to deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and his star has been rising ever since. The two men's life stories are similar: Both are minorities raised by single mothers, they hold Harvard law degrees and saw their political careers skyrocket after giving lauded Democratic convention keynote speeches.

Castro, 39, is often among those being talked about as possible Democratic vice presidential candidates in 2016. If confirmed by the Senate, the three-term mayor would become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic officials serving at the pleasure of the president.

Donovan, 48, is highly regarded inside the White House as a strong manager. He is a lifelong affordable housing advocate whose work overseeing the federal government's response to the destruction Hurricane Sandy unleashed on the East Coast in October 2012 has earned glowing praise from White House officials, including Obama.

As director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, currently a Cabinet-level post, Donovan would have influence over administration policy and spending. He would be expected to win Senate confirmation a second time for the new post.

Donovan would replace Sylvia Mathews Burwell. Obama recently nominated Burwell to become secretary of health and human services following the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius after the disastrous rollout of the federal website for consumers to buy insurance coverage under Obama's health care law.

Obama had sought to bring Castro into the administration in the past, but he decided to stay in the job he says he looked forward to while growing up. Castro handily won a third term as mayor last year.

But his ambitions apparently have grown along with his stock as a politician with broad appeal to Democratic voters, including fellow Hispanics who voted overwhelmingly for Obama in 2012. Castro is Mexican-American.

Serving in Obama's Cabinet would give Castro a national platform to continue building his reputation.

Javier Palomarez, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said Castro is a "visionary leader" who has done more than anyone in San Antonio to address the city's housing needs.

"Mayor Castro is not only an exemplary leader within the Hispanic community, but by all measure, a well-suited candidate to lead the department," Palomarez said. "With great consistency, Mayor Castro has set aside political partisanship in the name of good policy decision making. We hope his confirmation process will proceed with that same collaborative spirit."

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BlueEyedJetsFan May 23 2014 at 8:26 AM

Good....the repubbies would really **** themselves if an hispanic would become POTUS!!!

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naojf22936 BlueEyedJetsFan May 23 2014 at 8:39 AM

Julian is on his way....hopefully by 2016...he will become POTUS. Take that GOP.....

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twoperdues BlueEyedJetsFan May 23 2014 at 9:32 AM

Marco Rubio might make a fine prez one day and millions of us on the right are fine with that. You libs seem to think race soooo important, and BlueEye, who told you the right does not like hispanics? If the Canadian border were as porous and overlooked as the Mexican border, I guarentee you'd all be saying we hate Canadians.

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deanroberts100 May 23 2014 at 7:45 AM

Another socialist POS in the administration!

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accordmee deanroberts100 May 23 2014 at 8:07 AM

Another idiotic comment from another idiot.

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deanroberts100 accordmee May 23 2014 at 8:13 AM

So, you are a socialist too huh!

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naojf22936 deanroberts100 May 23 2014 at 8:40 AM

If it takes a socialist....so, be it, deanroberts. No matter.. the GOP is dead in the water like the Titanic.

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raptureus210 May 23 2014 at 9:22 AM

God said..."Blessed is the nation that's God is the Lord". Folks, it doesn't matter who this President put into office. If we as a nation refuses to return to God by passing laws that support His Holy Word, it don't matter who's in office. Already, this Administration alone with past Administrations, YES.. the GOP is included. Has set this nation so far back by way of being worthy to receive God's blessings, that it will take a total change of heart and reversal on our present laws in order to begin to get the Lord's attention. Folks we need to REPENT as a nation. It not, there's no use to expect God to blessed this nation. Remember the words I started out with... "Blessed the nation who's God is the Lord". If we continue to NOT make God our Lord as a Nation, we CANOT expect to be blessed! When this nation was first established, they had the right mind set. This was the reason this Nation grew and became a Great Nation. Now... we have turned away from God over the past 200 years,

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womenscountry May 23 2014 at 8:31 AM

Julian Castro is the face of the future......keep up or stay behind.

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naojf22936 womenscountry May 23 2014 at 8:41 AM

Julian is the next......POTUS.

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paintppa1 May 23 2014 at 9:21 AM

cast in the image of the other failed mayor of San Antonio...remember Henrico Cisneros? the last HUD sec who used public funds to support his mistress?

trying to make this guy look good is like trying to make obama look good...can't be done in the light of day.

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jgasperlin paintppa1 May 23 2014 at 10:11 AM

So "enlighten" us . What dastardly things has Castro done? And please provide evidence to support your premise. Quoting Fox news will not qualify as evidence since they seldom fact check anything they spew. If you can't provide documentation, then it can be asumed you are just another deadhead hiding in a blog saying whatever comes to mind.

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