Hillary Clinton's latest political endorsement smacks of being a family affair.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, gave his ringing approval to Clinton in an email sent out by Clinton's PAC, Ready for Hillary, saying, "There's no doubt about it — Hillary is the best person to be our 45th president," Politico reported.
However, Castro may have his own personal sibling motives for the endorsement — Castro's identical twin brother, Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio and the new secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is being touted as a likely pick for the vice presidential candidate slot if Clinton runs for president in 2016.
And so far, Julian Castro officially has refused to endorse anyone.
Asked whether he would side with Clinton, he told the Dallas Morning News
, "You should talk to Joaquin about that. In this position, I'm staying out of politics."
The Clintons, according to the Washington Post,
have been wooing Julian Castro, having him in for dinner in August at their Washington home, and the Post quoted an unnamed source "familiar with the discussions" as saying, "The Clintons are keeping the Castros very close to them."
The Castro brothers are rising young stars in the Democratic galaxy, especially since Julian Castro gave a keynote address at the 2012 Democratic Convention — the first Latino to do so, The Fiscal Times reported.
"If you were putting together a list of five people in the country who could potentially be a contributing running mate, you would have to put Julian Castro on that list," Henry Cisneros, also a former HUD secretary and former San Antonio mayor and a close Clinton associate, told the Post.
"Hillary has always been a tireless advocate for working families — she’s never ceased to make sure everybody has a fair shot at achieving the American Dream," Joaquin Castro wrote.
"Hillary’s the leader I want to see moving into the White House in two years. She hasn’t announced yet that she’s running in 2016, but Hillary needs to know that if she does, millions of grassroots supporters like you will be standing proudly by her side.
"You and I both know Hillary would do amazing things as U.S. President — but it’s up to us to make these early moments count," Politico reported.
Clinton has attracted a host of political endorsements from lawmakers well ahead of making any formal announcement that she will actually run for the White House. Besides Castro, she has endorsements from Sen. Claire McCaskill D-Mo., Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., former Rep. Robert Andrews, D-NJ, Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Politico reports.
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