Friday, October 31st, 2014

Julián Castro’s national moment

Julián Castro was announced as the keynoter for the 2012 Democratic National Convention on July 31, 2012.

We don’t know if Julián Castro will make anyone tear up as little-known Barack Obama of Illinois did in 2004.

But we’ll be listening for factually curious claims from the youthful San Antonio mayor as he delivers Tuesday night’s keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Obama, then a state senator just-nominated to the U.S. Senate, gave the well-received keynote at the ‘04 convention in Boston.)

Four years ago, Castro quietly palled around Denver, site of the Democratic convention, with his twin brother, state Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio. This reporter ate a close to leisurely fast-food lunch with the duo.

At least momentarily, they had nothing better to do.

Things change.

Julián Castro won his first term as mayor in 2009, his second in 2011. He then gave the keynote at the Texas Democratic Party’s June 2012 convention before being announced as the national convention’s keynoter on July 31, 2012.

We’ve posted the party's announcement video to the right, where you can also poke through our past checks of Castro’s claims along with our sole Truth-O-Meter’d review of a statement by Rep. Castro, of late his party’s 2012 nominee for a U.S. House seat.

As ever, let us know if you notice anything he and other Texans say that might merit scrutiny.