‘Liberty Kids’ shake up L.A. Republican Party, look to other states

Last month in July we had one of our biggest meetings to date. Reuters journalist Sharon Bernstein came to see what the Los Angeles County Republican Liberty Caucus was all about and wrote a piece on the activism the “Liberty Kids” as she called us, are accomplishing in Southern California. And though there was some conjecture in the piece, it is a great representation of what is to come with the future of the Republican Party!


(Reuters) – Amir Zendehnam passionately supports marijuana legalization, same-sex marriage, abortion rights and the Republican Party.

He is not alone. The 26-year-old aspiring restaurateur and chairman of the party’s West Los Angeles central committee is one of a raft of ethnically diverse young libertarians who hold seats in L.A. County’s huge GOP apparatus, injecting youthful energy into its operations at a time when the state’s Republican Party is nearly moribund.

After winning control the executive board of the Los Angeles County Republican Party in December 2012, the “Liberty Kids,” as they call themselves, are seeing the fruits of their activism. This year one of their own is running as the Republican nominee for Congress from the San Gabriel Valley, with Zendehnam serving as policy adviser.

The Liberty Kids are challenging the party’s social conservatives and are drawing the attention of Democrats, who see liberal youth as part of their base. And in what could be a harbinger for the GOP, they have begun campaigning in other states, aiming to increase their influence beyond California.

“I want you to look around the room,” Zendehnam said at a meeting last week, “because this is what the face of the Republican Party is going to look like.”


Click this link to read the entire article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/06/us-usa-california-republicans-idUSKBN0G522C20140806

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