San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro mum on potential HUD nomination
City leader jokes about fellow council members jockeying to fill seat
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was unwilling to comment Monday when asked about his potential nomination to join the Obama administration.
Reports surfaced over the weekend that Castro was being vetted by the FBI before the president nominates him to be the next secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
When asked what his future plans were, Castro was non-committal.
"I'm not going to have any comment about the future at this time. The voters of San Antonio elected me to do a job for them," said Castro. "I love being mayor, and I'm going to continue to work in these days to make San Antonio a greater city.
The mayor spoke during the SA Youth 30th anniversary luncheon, his first public appearance since the reports came to light.
During his short speech, Castro poked fun at the mounting speculation that he's headed to Washington D.C., commiserating with local CEOs in the audience who've dealt with colleagues angling to fill a position that isn't even up for grabs.
"Join the club," the mayor said, acknowledging that his fellow City Council members are already discussing who should fill the not-yet-vacant seat.
SA Youth CEO Cynthia Le Monds also joked about the reports asking Castro not to forget SA Youth if he moves into a Cabinet position.
"Don't forget that we have a youth build program that builds houses," Le Monds said.
While the mayor got some laughs, serious conversations are being held among the other council members who could be faced with choosing an interim mayor from among the group.
"It hasn't happened yet, but when it happens we have to be ready to make sure the work continues. That's what we owe the people who put us here in the first place," said District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal.
Bernal said he currently does not plan on seeking the appointment because he is considering running for mayor in 2015.
"I personally don't think anyone who is going to run in 2015 should be the interim mayor," he said. "I'm considering (running in 2015). I think a lot of us are thinking about it and considering it. For that reason I believe personally that we should distill politics and work."
District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor echoed Bernal's sentiments and said the most important issue is not who takes over, but whether that person can help the city continue to move forward.
"I'm excited for the mayor. It's good for him and San Antonio," Taylor said. "As far as what happens next, we're waiting for the dust to settle. I haven't ruled out any options, but I want to see a smooth transition to make sure that we stay focused on governance and policy making."
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