Why Are Progressive Groups Slamming Julián Castro?

Apr 17, 2016
11:40 PM

This past week POLITICO reported that several progressive groups have targeted HUD Secretary Julián Castro, questioning his vice presidential qualifications if Hillary Clinton were to win the Democratic presidential nomination. That campaign led to dissension among Latino organizations, according to BuzzFeed. Others have weighed in on the story, claiming that Castro being Latino is just irrelevant. The chatter kept getting stronger, so much so that Castro had to address it with NBC News.

Tonight we talk with Matt Nelson, Managing Director at Presente.org, one of the groups who is criticizing Castro for “selling our neighborhoods to Wall Street.” An online petition has generated close to 100,000 signatures in just a few days. Later in the show, Brent Wilkes, the National Executive Director for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), will join us as well. LULAC and other Latino organizations have been critical of the campaign against Castro.