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GOP Hires First National Youth Director in Effort to Reach Out to Millennial Voters

Elliott EcholsThe Republican Party took its first step in a new effort to reach out to more young voters last Thursday by naming Elliott Echols (pictured right) as the party's first national youth director, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports:

"Today's announcement is groundbreaking," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (pictured below). "Bringing Elliot on board in an off-year will help us build relationships with young voters and mobilize students and young professionals to take our message to their peers."

Yet Echols' work will resonate beyond the 2014 elections, Priebus said, noting that "young Americans are independent-minded people who are concerned about getting our nation's economy back on track." Echols, 23 of Rome, Ga, told the Tribune-Review he has goals for his new role.

Priebus"The biggest is to bring young, energized people to the GOP," he said. "There are a lot of young people who are eager to make a change, but they can't change anything if they're not a part of the process."

The RNC's new efforts have also extended to attracting minority voters. In recent weeks, the RNC has hired new heads for black media communications and rolled out an aggressive Hispanic outreach program in Pennsylvania, California, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, and Virginia.

Presumably, these efforts are in response to the party's report released back in March that analyzed data from its 2012 presidential election loss. The report, entitled "Growth and Opportunity Project," proposed ways that conservatives could attract young, gay, women, and minority voters, all blocs that sat firmly on Obama's side during election night last year.

The Daily Kos, however, remains skeptical of these so-called "groundbreaking" developments on the GOP's part:

Basically, Echols's job will be to convince young voters that Republicans aren't anti-gay, anti-immigrant, or anti-21st century, and then, once he accomplishes that, his job will be to convince those same voters that it's just a coincidence that GOP policies are perfectly consistent with a party that is anti-gay, anti-immigrant, and anti-21st century. Then, and only then, will his achievement be groundbreaking, because he'll have achieved the impossible. 

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  1. It is telling that the Youth outreach guy they hire is from Georgia.

    The GOP has become a Southern white man's Christian organization, with some gun owners from here and there thrown in for balance.

    If this guy was from California or Massachusetts then maybe they're starting to get the idea. Or better yet, maybe he could also live in an apartment in a large City somewhere.

    But then again, you can't underestimate the challenge of finding a young, open-minded Republican living in a major city in a blue state.

    Posted by: bt | Oct 27, 2013 7:53:15 PM

  2. If the GOP actually had kept its Goldwater/libertarian stances instead of corporatacracy, they'd have a slight chance on economic policy.

    A youthful social conservative, is a person with no soul.

    Posted by: Sam | Oct 27, 2013 7:53:59 PM

  3. Why yes, hiring Thurston Howell the IV will certainly help bring in...who? Other kids with rich parents who would be disowned if they didn't vote Republican? Kids who feel they are better than "those other people."

    Glad Eliot chose a blue button down Polo shirt for his photo. How very 1980s of him. (No wonder the young people by and large hate the Republicans...they even dress like douchebags.)

    Posted by: Bart | Oct 27, 2013 8:45:58 PM

  4. More window dressing, but when you step inside the house still stinks.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Oct 27, 2013 8:48:53 PM

  5. So in other words he's a smarmy little POS who's making excuses for the most regressive political regime since Reconstruction?

    I mean you don't actually GET to be the "new face" of an old entity, GOP or KKK, without admitting that that past not just exists but is entirely present and still in full operation.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 27, 2013 9:03:38 PM

  6. Just a token youngun'

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Oct 27, 2013 10:19:17 PM

  7. What are the chances he is self-hating closeted gay homophobe, who visits Young Republicans meetings for gay hookups? I'd say 100%!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 28, 2013 3:23:21 AM

  8. It's like looking in a mirror for you. Isn't it, LITPER?

    Posted by: FFS | Oct 28, 2013 6:10:16 AM

  9. Haven't you cut your penis yet, FFS? It's too heteronormative and opresses you!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 28, 2013 6:23:52 AM


    just look at that GAYFACE!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 28, 2013 7:07:04 AM

  11. There is nothing "groundbreaking" about Fratboy Republicans from the South. We saw them during the 2000 GWB campaign.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 28, 2013 7:24:33 AM

  12. A white kid from the South... what an outreach..

    Posted by: Anonymous | Oct 28, 2013 8:16:47 AM

  13. the Daily Kos nailed it. Echols job is to convince more Americans to vote against their own self interest. He'll have a hard time getting past the cultural wall between the GOP and young people. Try to tell a young person that they or their friend or sibling can't get married and they won't take a second look. The GOP also hopes to use the whole "Obamacare" is screwing young people schtick. Except A LOT of young people will be counting on the security of staying on their parents policies through age 26.

    Posted by: Boone68 | Oct 28, 2013 2:22:02 PM

  14. "GOP Hires First Nationalist Hitler Youth Director" - more like it.

    Remember Fred Karger's hilariously inept "you can be gay and a republican!" ad that was pretty much a visual celebration of Aryan Nation/Aberzombie chic? Who's this gonna appeal to? *barf*

    It's funny, this. It's sorta like those "...and I'm a Mormon!" ads that came out post Prop 8, in order to do image damage control. And like those asinine ads, they're not actually addressing the problems, they're pretending they don't exist.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Oct 28, 2013 2:25:46 PM

  15. Now his first job is to convince these youngsters and college kids that using contraceptives is a bad thing, that their gay friends are evil, women have no say about their own bodies and that immigrants are the ruination of the country. Lotsaluck!

    Posted by: L.Sanfod | Oct 28, 2013 6:42:54 PM

  16. He was recruited for the party over two years ago, from 2011:$ZjJkEnGUg8$daE2N3K4ZzOUsqbU5sYtxXSER4GfuoGQ_s8Fj7abbWCsjLu883Ygn4B49Lvm9bPe2QeMKQdVeZmXF$9l$4uCZ8QDXhaHEp3rvzXRJFdy0KqPHLoMevcTLo3h8xh70Y6N_U_CryOsw6FTOdKL_jpQ-&CONTENTTYPE=image/jpeg

    Posted by: Dale | Oct 28, 2013 8:13:00 PM

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