Castro brothers featured in CNN documentary

Castro brothers featured in CNN documentary

Credit: Bob Daemmrich & Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

Joaquin (left) and Julian (right) Castro

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by Reeve Hamilton / The Texas Tribune

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Posted on August 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Rick Perry isn’t the only Texas politician capturing the attention of the national media. CNN has its eye on San Antonio’s Castro brothers: Joaquin, a state representative, and his twin, Julián, the city’s mayor.

A CNN spokesman confirms that the cable network is producing a documentary featuring the rising Hispanic political stars. Focusing on elections and questions of what gets people — particularly of certain demographic groups — to vote, the special is being put together by CNN's “In America” unit, including host Soledad O’Brien. 

Julián was recently elected to a second term as mayor, so if CNN’s intending to follow the action, the program will likely have a strong focus on Joaquin’s current bid for U.S. Congress. Pitted against against longtime U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, in newly drawn Congressional District 35, it promises to be a hotly contested affair. A spokesman for Doggett said the campaign had not heard about the documentary. The Castro campaign referred questions to CNN.

By the time the show airs, the victor of the Castro-Doggett race will already be known. It is scheduled for early 2012, but not until after the primaries.

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