San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro mum about HUD appointment

Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros says Castro right for job

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Monday refused to comment on reports that he's being considered for a White House cabinet position.

"All I'm going to say today is that I enjoy being mayor and I will continue to work hard on behalf of the people who elected me," Castro said to reporters at City Council chambers. "I'll talk about the future and everything later."

The Associated Press reported Saturday that Castro was being considered by President Barack Obama for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

A source confirmed to KSAT 12 News that the FBI process of vetting the mayor's background was underway.

Former San Antonio Mayor and HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros told KSAT 12 News on Monday that Castro is right for the job.

"He's acquitted himself well here and he's ready to take on some of the national questions," Cisneros said. "In fact, San Antonio, has been a good preparation for those national issues, and we should be very proud that out of all the cities in America, the emissaries from the president, all the cities in the country will be a San Antonian."

Cisneros, who served as HUD secretary under President Bill Clinton, also said that Castro is a "quick study and he'll get it."

Cisneros said he hopes to sit down with Castro in the coming days to discuss the job and the challenges that await him if he becomes the next HUD secretary.