Henry Cisneros, in PolitiFact debut, declares historic first in mayor of San Antonio

Henry Cisneros, shown here while serving as secretary of Housing & Urban Development in 2006, fared well in his first Truth-O-Meter test (Photo: Rick McKay, Cox Newspapers).
Henry Cisneros, shown here while serving as secretary of Housing & Urban Development in 2006, fared well in his first Truth-O-Meter test (Photo: Rick McKay, Cox Newspapers).

In a statement faxed -- yes, faxed -- to reporters, Henry Cisneros saw history being made when the San Antonio City Council chose Council Member Ivy Taylor to serve out Julián Castro’s term as mayor.

Cisneros, a former Alamo City mayor himself, reacted with this statement: "The decision by our City Council to select Ivy Taylor to become mayor of San Antonio for the next year underscores once again San Antonio’s place as one of the most inclusive and fair-minded cities in America. I believe we are now the largest city in the United States ever to have an African-American mayor."

The July 22 council action was touched off by Castro leaving to become U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development, a post also previously held by Cisneros.

Spoiler: Cisneros was right. See why in the fact check posted to the right.