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Fri Sep 7, 2012, 02:48 PM

Julian Castro has an identical twin



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I didn’t know the Castros well at Stanford, but we had friends in common and a natural affinity as fellow Mexican Americans from Texas, meaning we smiled at each other when we crossed paths on campus. I perceived them to be more mainstreamed Hispanics less invested in the ethnic politics that others of us had embraced away from home. When one or the other showed up to a party at Casa Zapata, the Chicano-themed dorm, I sensed he was there mostly to watch, to check it out, maybe, to understand one part of his constituency better. I had no idea they’d already had their own schooling in 1960s-style Chicano activism from their mother, Maria del Rosario Castro, a longtime community organizer (and single mother) who’d battled for the political inclusion of Mexican Americans, a demographic majority that remained outside the power structure in San Antonio.

It was Rosie Castro’s values around public service that made Julián, the elder of the twins by one minute, wonder if it now was his turn to continue advancing her cause. In a lyrical essay he penned in a freshman writing class in response to the prompt “Do people ever make assumptions about what you’ll do after college, and how do you feel if they do?” he described the political gatherings he’d grown up around (“functions,” his mother called them) that all seemed to him to blur together (“the same speeches and speakers, the same cheese and ham sandwiches”). But he concluded that “maybe politics” was his future.

Stanford became the Castros’ first staging ground. Both brothers double-majored in political science and communications, working under the mentorship of professor Luis Fraga, who specialized in Latino urban politics. After they graduated in 1996, they returned home for a year and took a job at City Hall while they waited to begin Harvard Law School the following fall. Ever more aware of the media cache of their personal story, they granted an interview for another feature in the local newspaper (“Double the Talent, Twice the Ambition”). Though they claimed not to know what they’d be doing in the future, Julián vouched it would include public service, adding that no San Antonian had ever been elected to the two highest offices in Texas. “We do not consider the office of governor or senator an impossibility,” he told the reporter.
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Still, as I heard Julián speak and watched the twins I went to school with grin and embrace each other on the stage—this time in smart business suits, commanding the attention of a nation—I found myself swelling with pride. Whether there’s any hope for Julián to first climb the political ranks in Texas, where the Democratic Party is powerless and in disarray, and whether he has enough of a record to satisfy conservative critics who accuse him of riding on potential, Tuesday was a big day, and not just for the Castros. Because they hadn’t been plucked from obscurity or landed on-stage overnight. They’d been working their way there for almost two decades, and for two generations before that. And that was a story some of us could recognize.

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Reply Julian Castro has an identical twin (Original post)
flamingdem Sep 2012 OP
burrowowl Sep 2012 #1
flamingdem Sep 2012 #2
flamingdem Sep 2012 #3
Cali_Democrat Sep 2012 #4
justiceischeap Sep 2012 #7
flamingdem Sep 2012 #9
cr8tvlde Sep 2012 #5
flamingdem Sep 2012 #6
flamingdem Sep 2012 #8
Raven Sep 2012 #10
flamingdem Sep 2012 #11

Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:22 PM

1. Which one is who?

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:24 PM

2. We'll never know!

This could come in handy, he could be in two places at once if needed for national security reasons

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:25 PM

3. Upon further examination I think he's on the left? n/t

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:25 PM

4. Julian is on the left. n/t

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:36 PM

7. The ties are a dead giveaway

Julian is wearing the blue tie, his brother the purple... I wonder if that makes him an independent.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:38 PM

9. Let's hope not! n/t

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:31 PM

5. Joaquin said that's is easy to tell the difference between the two...look at the left hand.

Julian's (I belive) has a wedding ring. His doesn't.

I also love that their names are pronounced in the appropriate Hispanic dialect. One might Anglicize Julian, but not Joaquin.

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Response to cr8tvlde (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:34 PM

6. I noticed that too! It pains so many Americans to speak a few words

en espanol.. people I know just use the language to make funny jokes about tacos etc.

It's a beautiful language!

Here on DU I always notice a bit of disinterest in things Latino. I really hope that changes
because the Latin American and Latino left are our best allies!!

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:37 PM

8. This is funny: Julian's daughter's hair flipping had him a little flipped out during speech

http://www.wistv.com/story/19463845/julian-castros-daughter

Democrat Julian Castro admitted his 3-year-old daughter's hair flipping had him a little flipped out while he was addressing thousands of Democratic National Convention delegates.

The young Carina Victoria Castro's hair tossing came while her father was making what could be a national political career launching speech on prime-time television Tuesday night.

Castro told reporters in a streaming interview that he was talking about passing the torch to the next generation and was speaking to his daughter saying, "Que Dios te bendiga," ''May God bless you." Meanwhile, the audience could see Carina on the big screen television above the stage where her father stood, flipping her locks.

"Everyone started laughing and I was like, "What? You are not supposed to laugh at this part," Castro said.

Castro's speech earned him much ink and follow-up interviews. But video of his daughter also drew attention Wednesday. Video of her were being shared on social media and led some to refer to Willow Smith's popular song, "I Whip My Hair Back And Forth."

Castro said many politicians who have delivered the keynote speech at Democratic conventions have gone nowhere. Then again, they didn't have a young, hair-flipping Carina helping them.

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Response to flamingdem (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:39 PM

10. I wonder how complicated things would be

for the Secret Service if we had an identical twin as POTUS.

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Response to Raven (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:43 PM

11. I think it's a cool story that could capture imaginations

He really does seem to have the right stuff, and even more so considering demographics.

His poor brother would probably have to have equal security detail !! (I can hear Rush complaining already)

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