For Joaquin Castro, Attention and Speculation Mounting

WASHINGTON — Speaking last week at a dropout prevention conference in a hotel ballroom a few miles from his new congressional office, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, cracked one of his familiar self-deprecating jokes: “In case you’re wondering, you’re not talking to the mayor of San Antonio.”

He may need some new material.

Castro, 38, is accustomed to being mistaken for his one-minute-older identical twin, Julián Castro, whose reputation as a rising political star was sealed last summer when President Obama made him the first Latino to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. (His brother ...

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