The day after Barack Obama won a second term, Jacket Copy mused on the possibility of postelection books, predicting that Julian Castro, the telegenic Texas politico with the Texas-sized grin, would soon write a memoir detailing the up-from-the-bootstraps story of his San Antonio family.
Now, just eight days after the election, Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, has in fact inked a book deal -- with Little, Brown. The book will, according to the publisher, include the story of Castro's mother, Maria, a founder of La Raza Unida Party. On election night, Maria also saw her son Julian win a ballot-initiative battle to increase funding for pre-K education in San Antonio at the same time that Julian's twin brother, Joaquin, was elected to Congress.
“My family’s story of intergenerational struggle for success is one that so many Americans can relate to,” Mayor Castro said in a statement. “Were it not for the sacrifices made by my mother and grandmother, and without the competitive ... and unique relationship with my twin, Joaquin, I would not be where I am today."
As just about everyone who follows politics now knows, Latinos overwhelmingly voted for Obama last week. Latino issues are suddenly at the forefront of the national political debate, with many leading GOP pundits calling for Republicans to accept the inevitability of immigration reform. Julian Castro, who delivered a memorable keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, has become the face of this new political reality.