Daniel Doherty

Ron Meyer is 23-years-old and a former spokesman for the Young America’s Foundation and Majority Action. On Thursday, I caught up with him at CPAC to discuss his announcement earlier this week that he was forming an exploratory committee and seriously considering running for a seat in the United States House of representatives in 2014.

Here’s an excerpt from the official statement he released:


I’m exploring a run for Congress because I believe it is unjust, immoral, and unfair to leave an unsustainable, debt-ridden government to younger generations. Yet, for the last decade, politicians in both parties have punted our greatest challenges to future leaders. It’s time to start a genuine movement to force Congress to balance the budget so we can stop Washington’s generational theft.

If Washington's politicians insist on punting the toughest choices to young Americans and future leaders, maybe it's time for a young American to lead now. Unlike the current crop of supposed leaders (House’s average age is 57), I have a personal stake in making sure this nation succeeds long-term.

We need a game-changer in Congress. Experienced politicians with typical backgrounds have time-and-time-again failed the American people. It seems the more "experience" politicians gain, the more they lose their integrity and forget how to balance a budget.

Who better to advocate for young Americans in Congress than a young American? I want to help break the gridlock at the Capitol by making a personal, powerful, and moral case for sustainable government.

Meyer’s background is in public relations, having worked as the spokesman for Young America’s Foundation and American Majority. Meyer has frequently appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, Fox Business, and CNBC, and published with the New York Post and Washington Times. If he were to run, he believes his communications skills would be an asset to a Republican Party struggling to find both effective messages and articulate messengers.

Meyer lives in Herndon which is in Congressman Gerry Connolly’s district (VA-11). Connolly nearly lost the seat in 2010, holding on by just 900 votes (less than 1%). Meyer plans to announce a final decision in early April.

If Meyer were to run for Congress -- and win -- he would be one of the youngest candidates ever elected to the United States House of Representatives. You can learn more about him by clicking here.


Daniel Doherty

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