Despite his claim to 1200 WOAI news last year that he had 'no desire' to run for President, it appears that the political winds, and the Democratic Party's desire to capture the increasingly important Hispanic vote, are pushing Mayor Julian Castro toward national office, whether he wants it or not, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Several Washington DC political blogs have reported in recent days that top Democrats are giving the Mayor a hard look as a potential running mate for likely Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Castro will even be visiting Iowa, the site of the first in the nation Presidential nominating caucus, later this month.
Castro is seen as a potential running mate for several reasons. First of all, his youth. Castro will be 42 on Election Day 2016, and that is seen as a way for Democrats to blunt what is expected to be one of the biggest concerns raised about Clinton. She will be 69 in November 2016, and would be the second oldest person ever elected President.
Castro is also seen as a way for the Democratic Party to lock up the increasingly influential Hispanic vote, and to make significant inroads into Texas, which has not voted for the Democratic Presidential nominee since Jimmy Carter in 1976.
In making the leap from local office to Vice President, Castro would be treading new ground. No person in American history has ever gone from municipal office to a Presidential ticket.
The list of mayors who have become President or Vice President, even after moving on to other offices, is a short one. Calvin Coolidge had been mayor of Northampton Massachusetts but after that he served in the Massachusetts Legislature and as Governor before becoming Warren Harding's Vice President nominee in 1920, and then President when Harding died in 1923. Grover Cleveland had been mayor of Buffalo New York and then Governor of New York before being elected President in 1892, and Andrew Johnson had been Mayor of Greenville Tennessee more than thirty years before becoming Abraham Lincoln's running mate in 1864 and President in 1865. Those three are the only Presidents to have ever served as mayors in their entire careers.
There are even very few people who served as mayor who sought the office of Vice President. George Mifflin Dallas, who gave his name to Dallas Texas, served as Mayor of Philadelphia well before becoming President Polk's Vice President. Hubert Humphrey was mayor of Minneapolis, James Sherman served as Mayor of Utica New York, but all of them held several other offices in the interim and it was decades between their job as Mayor and their Vice Presidential bid. Sherman, for example, was mayor in 1884 and didn't become Vice President until 1909.
Sarah Palin's mayoral service was mocked as 'insignificant' when she was on John McCain's ticket in 2008.
Rudy Giuliani, despite having been the mayor of the nation's largest city during the 9-11 attacks, demonstrated the difficulty of moving from local office to a Presidential ticket when his campaign fizzled in 2008.