Among the long list of surrogates to stump for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, it’s fair to say none have garnered the amount of vice presidential buzz as Julián Castro.
The Housing and Urban Development secretary arrives Monday in the Granite State with his twin brother, Texas Rep. Joaquín Castro, to sell voters on Clinton.
At a morning event in Rochester, “the brothers will attend a meeting with leading experts and community leaders to discuss housing, infrastructure, and urban development issues,’’ according to the Clinton campaign. That meeting will be followed by a noon event at the University of New Hampshire.
Julián Castro will also attend a “Coffee and Conversation’’ fundraiser Monday morning in Portland, Maine and phonebank events in the afternoon in Nashua and Manchester.
Castro’s name has been floated as much as any of Clinton’s potential vice presidential running mates, should she receive the Democratic nomination, though neither the campaign or the HUD secretary will discuss any such talk.
Despite critcism that he lacks the qualification for the vice presidency and is not engaged in the minutiae of housing policy in his position as HUD secretary, Castro reportedly tops the Clinton campaign’s list of prospective veeps.
“They don’t have a second option,’’ Bill Clinton’s former HUD secretary, Henry Cisneros, said in May, adding, “he is the superior candidate considering his record, personality, demeanor and Latin heritage.’’