Proud, young Bay Area Republicans

The September issue of Esquire has a fine article called “The Elephant in the Room,” a look inside the Young Republican Leadership Conference held in April in Washington, D.C. With the article runs a photo gallery of Young Republicans who offer their thoughts on the party, John McCain and why they came to the GOP — and two of them are from here in the Bay Area:

Sean Conner, 24, Oakland, on his favorite Republican: “Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the ranking member on Foreign Affairs. She’s just amazing.”

Jennifer Rodriguez, 26, Fremont, on GOP problems: “The Republican Party didn’t find me; I found it. That’s a problem — we’re not reaching people.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.