Republican Party brandishes first new set of rising stars
Newscast Media BOSTON—In an effort to attract new voters in a demographic that is
ever-changing, the Republican Party has unveiled its new set of rising stars in the
RNC’s “Rising Stars” program, which debuted with four members: Scott G. Ericson, a
San Jose, Calif., police officer for 15 years and a conservative writer; State
Representative Marilinda Garcia, elected to the New Hampshire House of
Representatives; Karin Agness, founder and president of the Network of enlightened
Women, or NeW and T.W. Shannon, Speaker of the Oklahoma House of
“We have this stereotype of Republicans being old, white, Anglo-Saxon men. But
there’s people like me that have been out there working for years,” said 30-year-old
New Hampshire State Rep. Marilinda Garcia,. “So they’re like, ‘Why not have her talk
about our values instead of Newt Gingrich all the time?’” she told the press.
According to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus the committee has already hired over 140
staffers across the country to assist in attracting new voters.
However, Republicans can’t just focus on changing faces of potential candidates,
they have to come up with a message that resonates with the electorate, and also
devise solutions that are practical to the most pressing needs of average Americans.
The “Rising Stars” programs is certainly the first step in the right direction, because it
introduces unknown politicians to Americans, who can then follow their policies,
thereafter determine whether or not to support the candidates. In essence, the
candidates too have to sell themselves.