Mayor Julián Castro will be the keynote speaker on opening night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, getting the futbol rolling on Democratic efforts to dominate the Hispanic vote in November.
Marking a first for Hispanic-Americans, the mayor of San Antonio will speak on September 4th, following first lady Michelle Obama, according to an announcement from the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Convention Committee.
As keynote speaker, the little known Castro will step into the same role that propelled Barack Obama into national prominence when he delivered the keynote address in 2004. Since we may be looking at a 2016 presidential nominee, what else do we know about this young man?
* At 37, he's the youngest mayor of a major American city. Home to the Alamo, San Antonio is most famous for being the site of the most hopeless battle in Texas history (until the Perry campaign came along), but also happens to be the 7th most populous city in America.
* He's a graduate of Stanford, and like Obama, Harvard Law School. So Breitbart.com probably has a video of him giving a terrorist hug to a liberal professor.
* He was the first San Antonio mayor to be grand marshal of the city's annual gay rights parade, which is a thing that's allowed to happen in parts of Texas, apparently.
* Castro skipped 10th grade at Jefferson High School in San Antonio. You can probably stump him by asking him questions about Catcher in the Rye.
* He has an identical twin, Joaquín, a member of the Texas State Legislature who is expected to win a congressional seat this year. This will make for an excellent buddy comedy, but will present a problem from the Secret Service when one of them is president.
* Some reports suggest he was born to Rosie Castro, a 1970s radical who helped build La Raza. But actually, he was built in a Democratic laboratory as a precision weapon intended to give Rush Limbaugh a stroke. Consider this quote: "Joaquín and I got into Stanford because of affirmative action…I scored 1,210 on my SATs, which was lower than the median matriculating student. But I did fine in college and in law school. So did Joaquín. I'm a strong supporter of affirmative action because I've seen it work in my own life."
* To make sure people don't find him too interesting, he names David Souter as his favorite Supreme Court justice.
* He doesn't speak Spanish well, but studied Latin and Japanese in school, like a snob.
There you go, Julián Castro, the Democrats' own personal DREAM Act.
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