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HUD Secretary Nomination Hearing Begins Tuesday for San Antonio Mayor

Updated: Tuesday, June 17 2014, 10:21 AM CDT

Mayor Julian Castro is expected to face sharp questioning from today from the Senate committee on banking, housing and urban affairs, as well as about his background and his knowledge of the country's housing needs.

President Barack Obama nominated San Antonio's mayor for the position of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development last month, after he announced current HUD secretary Shaun Donovan's nomination for the head of the Office of Management and Budget.

The CBS affiliate in San Antonio talked to former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros, who served as HUD secretary two decades ago, under President Bill Clinton. He gave Mayor Castro a few pointers. "We spent two hours here in my home Saturday before last, in sprit of preparing for confirmation," says Cisneros. Cisneros actually gave Castro a three-page outline of housing issues, such as homeless veterans and single-parent families.

All 22 senators are expected to ask questions, and that could cause the hearing to last at least three hours, without a break. Cisneros also talked to Castro about the partisan politics that could possibly interfere with his confirmation hearing. "Others of them have an axe to grind sometimes they just want to rough you up," he says. Another political expert says some members of the Republican party want to embarrass the Obama Administration, or cause problems for Mayor Castro's future prospects.

Cisneros also had opinions about who the city should choose to replace Castro, if he's confirmed. "Councilwoman Ivy Taylor might be garnering the votes, which would please me in a lot of ways, and would be an historic figure in her own right."

Cisneros also foresees the city altering its charter in the future to allow for an elected mayor. And as for Castro's future in politics, Cisneros had some high expectations. "He could go into a higher cabinet position with even greater responsibility, some people believe he could be selected by Hillary Clinton to be vice president, and I think that would be plausible, it wasn't a month ago, but is it possible in Washington two years from now? Yes I think it is."

HUD Secretary Nomination Hearing Begins Tuesday for San Antonio Mayor


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