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Young Guns

by RightHandMan

On Friday I had the privilege of meeting both congressional hopeful Andy Barr and the youngest member of congress, Aaron Schock. Andy is running for the House seat here in Kentucky’s 6th district against the incumbent Ben Chandler. If you keep up with the blog you will recall that I did a similar piece on Jack Conway’s rally (which was really a Bill Clinton rally).

There were some major differences in these rallies. First, the size and security was obviously much different. Clinton definitely brought a crowd, but the majority of the people at that rally were really only there to see the president. I began keeping track of the number of people who didn’t want to talk to me due to their ignorance on the issues– it came out to 85% (of those I spoke to).

Nobody turned me down at the Andy Barr event, but the answers were redundant. The theme was centered on the philosophy of smaller government. I cut out a lot of the interviews because they were so similar. I think this is a good thing. They weren’t scattered on their beliefs, but united in a core philosophy; that government best serves the people in a limited capacity.

That same core philosophy seems to be what drives Andy Barr and Aaron Schock. Schock is already part of the “Young Guns” that includes Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy – congressional members under 45 years. Barr looks to join that group.

I was fortunate enough to have some extended conversations with both Barr and Schock. These individuals aren’t just talking the talk when it comes to limited government, it is their foundation. There were no promises of government funding, expansions, or support. Their selling point was their dedication to getting out of our way and reigning in the powers of government. The crowd couldn’t be more in tune with that sentiment.

Have you ever heard of a political event where both the constituents and politicians were excited about shrinking government? The Young Guns are a new breed – and hopefully the future of the GOP.


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  • John Carey November 1, 2010 at 5:23 AM

    Great work Right. It is kind of refreshing to hear that we have some young Republicans actually talking about shrinking the size of government.

  • Bunkerville November 1, 2010 at 6:47 AM

    Even more exciting are the number of African American Republicans running for office. If we can make a dent in capturing these folks, it will portend well for the future.

  • November 1, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Awesome job. =)

    I love Schock's statement, "America is great not because of its entitlements, but its lack of them." Well said.

  • Right Hand Man November 1, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    @ John – Youth seemed to be the theme. In fact, it was the college students who demanded that someone from the GOP come to campus since Conway came. Encouraging indeed. Furthermore, they were very astute and well spoken.

    @ Bunker – True…though black and female republicans are hardly the focus of any legitimate stories in the media – only the focus of their slander.

    @ Fleece – Schock and Barr are great. I wish I could have had the entirety the conversations on camera for all of you to see. They were less formal and more conversational (redundant) and thus revealed their true character as opposed to the prepackaged speeches given. They were even better in the former.

  • steve November 1, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    Once these guys get to Washington, I hope the stay true to their principles.

  • Matt November 1, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Excellent work, RHM. You're really getting out there are going after the stories.