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TribBlog: Julián Castro in the Times Mag

The young mayor of San Antonio gets his global 15 minutes this weekend in a glowing 4,600-word New York Times Sunday Magazine profile.

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The young mayor of San Antonio — whose future electoral prospects are a frequent-bordering-on-yawn-worthy topic of conversation in Texas — gets his global 15 minutes this weekend in a glowing 4,600-word New York Times Magazine profile.

“Julián really stands out,” says Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, an associate professor of Chicano and global studies at U.C.L.A. “There are other talented young Hispanic politicians around, but few have his stature or national potential. He’s from San Antonio, but he’s very much admired in California. He’s like Obama — one of us, but someone who also comes out of a broader American experience.”

Castro “has all the assets to become the next favorite son,” is how John A. Garcia, a political-science professor at the University of Arizona, puts it. “He has an elite education, which has given him a national network, and a quiet, serious public persona that appeals to a lot of younger Hispanic voters,” Garcia says. “People look at him and say, ‘Finally, we have somebody who won’t screw up.’ Of course, he’s still young, and he might be too good to be true, but if I were betting on the next national Hispanic political leader, I’d bet on Julián.”

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