A California newspaper's speculation on who will be the country's first Hispanic president lists Texas' own Rep. Rafael Anchia and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as fan favorites.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that Hispanic political operatives are less enthused by the current crop of tenured Latinos, including New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former Clinton HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. They're looking further afield, saying the first Hispanic president is probably "sitting in a city council or state assembly seat somewhere.
On their short list:
--Republican Marco Rubio, the former Florida House Speaker who is running for the U.S. Senate.
--Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, who Texas Monthly predicted would be governor by 2018.
--Julian Castro, the 35-year-old mayor of San Antonio, "who, like Obama, went to Harvard Law School."