Barack Obama won landslide elections in 2008 and 2012 largely because he, unlike any previous candidate, managed to effectively organize and energized the youth of America to get out and not only vote, but also to join in his campaign efforts.
That is not to say that Obama should have won, or that he has been a good president. But no one can argue that the Obama campaign effectively tapped into a much under-utilized resource in politics, America’s youth.
Republicans have long bemoaned their seeming inability to connect with, and tap into the energy of young people, and the GOP is often referred to as the party of “old white men”.
But the Ted Cruz for President Campaign seems to be in 5th gear in its organizing of both teens and so-called “millennials” across America.
On Tuesday, the same day that the Gun Owners of America association announced their exclusive endorsement of Cruz, the Cruz campaign announced the formation of two youth campaign coalitions, “Millenials for Cruz”, and “Teens for Ted”.
As per the two press releases below, the Cruz campaign has named Neal Mehrotra, Alessandra Gennarelli, and Elliott Kelley as National Co-Chairs of “Millennials for Cruz”, and CJ Pearson as National Chairman of “Teens For Ted”, with Adam Hoffman & Wyatt English as its National Co-Chairs.
According to their press release bios, the six chairs and co-chairs of the two coalitions represent of wide variety of ethnic and socio economic backgrounds, and a very impressive resume of academic achievement, as well as leadership in community and political involvement.
According to Elliot Kelly, he and the other Chairs have already been hard at work for some time recruiting and organizing Millennials across the nation. “Just today I appointed a Millennials for Cruz Chair for North Greenville University (NGU). We are building a strong national coalition.” Kelly said. NGU is a Southern Baptist university in the upstate of SC, a very conservative and heavily evangelical voter rich area of the state. Kelly said that plans are underway to hold sign waves, as well as many other various campaign activities in the very near future.
It remains to be seen if Cruz can turn youth enthusiasm and energy into hard votes during the primaries, and possibly a general election. But his investment in the younger generation and involving them in the leadership of his campaign efforts may well pay serious political dividends in the end.
See press releases below.
By Javan Browder, Managing Editor – Conservative Fifty Dot Com
Teens for Ted
HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today named YouTube sensation CJ Pearson of Georgia as National Chairman of the “Teens For Ted” coalition. Political activist Wyatt English of Iowa and Secretary of the High School Republicans of Texas Adam Hoffman will serve as co-chairs.
“Young people are looking for someone who does more than just talk a good game. They want someone who has walked the walk,” Sen. Cruz said. “They’re looking for a fighter. But most importantly, they’re looking for someone who cares. Someone who cares about their struggle, cares about their future and has actually stood up and fought for it. In the Senate, I fought back against raising the debt ceiling and spending away their future, while many of my colleagues decided to lay down their arms and do just that. I fought for their Fourth Amendment rights, guaranteed to them by our Constitution, when the illegal and unconstitutional mass data collection practices of the NSA were exposed. Young people care about these issues, and so do I. I’m proud to have CJ, Wyatt, and Adam leading these efforts as we seek to capture the youth vote in 2016.”
At 13 years old, CJ Pearson commands a brand, following, and political message that inspires the youngest of followers to even an older generation of conservatives. Since the age of 8, CJ has considered himself a conservative. With a Facebook base of over 45,000 followers and a YouTube channel viewership of well over 3 million, in less than five months, CJ Pearson’s work has been seen on many networks. He’s been featured on Fox News, the Washington Times, USA Today, and featured by commentators including Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham. Strongly believing that young people, regardless of political affiliation, must become involved in the political process, CJ founded the Young Georgians in Government. He served as Executive Director where he has introduced pieces of legislation to the Georgia General Assembly, including a House resolution seeking to lower the age to seek office in both the state House and Senate. He’s fought for real solutions facing young people across Georgia and has made large strides to engaging young people in the political process.
Wyatt English, currently a junior in his family’s homeschool, is a conservative activist in Iowa politics. He has been involved in speech, debate and drama, as well as various parts of the Iowa for Cruz campaign. He looks forward to connecting with teens across the nation to make a difference by electing a true conservative for our next President.
Adam Hoffman has been a staple in Texas politics. Throughout his years in the political arena, Adam has worked on the campaigns of Greg Abbott and recently served as an intern for Sen. Cruz’s presidential campaign in the finance and policy department. In addition to those involvements, Adam currently serves as President of the Young Republicans Club at Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, Texas and also serves as the Secretary of the High School Republicans of Texas. While Adam has been a mover and shaker in the political world, he has also sought to help the less fortunate. In 2013, Adam founded Food4them, a nonprofit organization which distributes more than 3 tons of food annually to food pantries in the Greater Houston Area.
“It is truly humbling to be given the opportunity to serve in such a capacity within this campaign’s youth operation,” says Pearson. “Cruz For President is the first campaign, on both sides of the aisle in this 2016 presidential election, to specifically target teenage voters. In 25 states, seventeen year olds will be given the opportunity to cast their ballot in the presidential primaries. It is my firm belief that Sen. Cruz’s bold message of limited government and constitutional conservatism will be a leading factor in our campaign capturing their much valued support. ”
Millennials for Cruz
HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today named Alessandra Gennarelli, Elliott Kelley, and Neal Mehrotra as National Co-Chairs of the “Millennials for Cruz” coalition.
“Young people have been hammered by the policies of the Obama Administration,” Sen Cruz said. “Stagnation is at an all time high, students are graduating college with overwhelming debt and no job opportunities to show for it. I am committed to restoring the economic growth that our nation needs so young people have the same opportunities that their parents and generations before them had, and ensuring that future generations can enjoy the same opportunities.”
Alessandra is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin. She serves as assistant to the political department at the campaign headquarters in Houston. Alessandra is also a published author with the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.
“It is our duty as Millennials to stand up for the candidate who values this generation, and advocates for our future against the failed status quo of Washington D.C.,” Alessandra said. “Millennials must support the candidate who has proven he can be trusted to govern by his moral and religious principles once elected and who always keeps his promises. That candidate is Ted Cruz. The Millennials for Cruz coalition is off to a strong start, and I am confident that the Senator’s consistent conservative record and his plans for the future of this generation will win the Millennial vote for Cruz in 2016.”
Elliott is a sophomore at Bob Jones University in South Carolina. He serves as Chief Justice and Senator in the South Carolina Student Legislature, a mock government comprised of many South Carolina colleges and universities. He also sits as 2nd Vice Chair of the Pickens County Republican Party. “Millennials seek truth and demand a candidate who will enact policies that will change the direction of our country,” said Elliott. “The Millennials for Cruz coalition is bringing together a grassroots army of Millennials at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. which will be a crucial asset in helping to elect Cruz in 2016.
Sen. Cruz has a passion for truth and for the rule of law and has shown a determination to defend both crucial elements of our nation.” Neal Mehrotra is a law student at the University of Texas studying with a Chancellor’s full-tuition scholarship. He graduated from Cornell University in 2011 and worked in the banking industry before beginning law school.
“I’m humbled to help.” Neal said. “Ted Cruz is the natural choice for young people who are disenchanted with the bipartisan corruption of the Washington Cartel. His bold stances will be infectious to Millennials accustomed to living in a leadership-starved culture who are looking for someone principled to get excited about.”