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David Axelrod and his doppelgangers: Jose Andres, Alex Castellanos?

Axelrod (Richard A. Lipski/For the Washington Post)

“At the plane in Des Moines a woman tells me: Mr. Axelrod keep up the good work!” Andres tweeted Thursday morning. “Funny! I look like you?”

Well, yeah, kinda. There’s something about David Axelrod — a tall, bearlike, everyman quality — that causes other big guys to be confused with him. Such as?

“I don’t want to impugn anyone by suggesting a resemblance to me,” Axelrod told us. But it happens. A lot.

Chef Jose Andres (Timonthy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

“I did have a young Republican run up to me at a debate and tell me I was his ‘personal hero,’ ” Axelrod told us. “I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Oh yes, Mr. Castellanos. I want to be just like you!’ So I signed Alex’s autograph and sent the kid happily on his way.”

Alex Castellanos (Matthew J. Lee/ The Boston Globe)

The two go way back, and Castellanos counts Axelrod as a good friend. “Everyone in Washington says there’s nothing that can bring us together. But a roguish mustache can overcome all political differences.”

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