The projected swap of current HUD (Housing Urban Development) chief Shaun Donovan and his replacement, Julian Castro was officially announced by President Obama. The ceremony took place May 23rd in the State Dining room of the White House.
The move is touted as a shrewd political decision as jockeying has already started for the upcoming 2014 mid-term elections, as well as the 2016 national election. Castro's appeal is to keep the strong Latino support for the Democratic party which emerged at greater levels in the 2012 election, as well as a possible shift in Texas politics. Many have pressed the point that Texas turning from red to blue, if not purple is imminent.
Shaun Donovan is leveraging his relationship as a trusted leader and is moving to the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Both he and young Castro are sure to be met by fierce opposition during their upcoming confirmation hearings. Anticipating such, Obama has already called for those in political leadership to keep the country's progress as their number one objective versus political polarization.
Housing issues are not new for Castro. As Mayor of San Antonio, TX his administration adopted successful initiatives designed to pull families from the grips of the foreclosure crisis. He has often remarked that when he was growing up his mother could never dream of owning a home and at times renting an apartment seemed out of reach.
And maybe one day the kid grows up in that home and is able to go on to get a great education and become the Mayor of San Antonio, and become a member of the President’s Cabinet. (President Obama at the announcement)