Julian Castro joins NBC and MSNBC as political analyst

Julian Castro joins NBC and MSNBC as political analyst
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Julián Castro, who is a former secretary of Housing and Urban Development and served as mayor of San Antonio, has joined NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst. 

Castro's hiring was announced on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday. 

After serving in former President Obama's Cabinet from 2014 to 2017, he ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. 

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Castro criticized the Democratic National Committee (DNC) last year, saying it should have initially scheduled more Latino speakers at the party's convention, saying a lack of diversity at the event could turn Latino voters away. 

“Some folks pointed out that last week, out of the 35 prime-time speakers, the DNC only had three Latinos in it and no Native Americans, no Muslim Americans,” Castro said at the time. “Democrats built up this beautiful coalition over the last several years that has helped power in several victories, including massive wins in Congress and in states across this county in 2018 and we need that to defeat Donald Trump in November.”

Since bowing out of the 2020 Democratic primary, Castro has appeared as a guest on a number of MSNBC talk shows during daytime and prime-time programming. 

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In November, he announced a relaunch of an initiative to raise money for young immigrants by selling “Adiós Trump!” shirts. 

“Joe and Kamala have defeated Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE!” Castro tweeted the day President BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE was projected as the winner of the 2020 presidential contest. “Since so many of you asked…We’re re-launching our 'Adiós Trump' T-shirt to help you celebrate this historic moment in style!"

Castro's brother, Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroLawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals House Democrats reintroduce bill addressing diversity at State Department Julian Castro joins NBC and MSNBC as political analyst MORE, currently serves as a congressman representing Texas's 20th District.