Monday, September 21, 2009

Old Guard vs. the New: Young Republican Leader on the Rise?

"A number of new Republican leaders have emerged across the country with a surge of energy in a climate dominated by Democrats.

Republican Josh Penry, currently the Senate Minority leader in Colorado, is running for governor against the incumbent Democrat Bill Ritter. The 33-year-old, who has been campaigning door to door, has a simple message: Out with the old, and in with the new. Penry is saying both the Democrats and Republicans have failed miserably in Washington.

"I think as Republicans we need to be clear, we made mistakes as a party, even as I criticize the President and Bill Ritter for the mistakes they're making today," Penry told FOX News. "We've doubled the national debt. We've surrendered the mantle of fiscal discipline, so the frustration from Republicans is projected, frankly at both parties, and that's what creates opportunities for candidates like me."

In his first week since declaring his bid for governor, Penry had blowout results in rural areas once dominated by Ritter voters in 2006. Penry says that in order to earn credibility and win the support of weary Independents and Republicans, GOP leaders have to admit, "We blew it, but here's a better way for it, here's how we're going to get the economy back on track, here's how we're going to reform the public school system." 

Penry is currently a single percentage point behind the incumbent governor in state-wide polls, according to a recent Rasmussen poll."

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