To All The Young Republican Politicos Out There: This Post’s For You

I know we’re past the election, but I believe this should be highlighted.  Here’s a shout out to all of the TARs, CRs, and YRs who volunteer their time, energy, and talent to supporting the cause.

Representative John Barrow won re-election in November in a district that was drawn to be more likely be won by a Republican candidate.  Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, but the NRCC still has him in their sights.  Apparently the Congressman has taken notice from this tweet:

@repjohnbarrow: Sworn in just 4 days ago & the @NRCC up to their same tricks. Sending a tracker 2 my event in the new #ga12. Very

Because, you know, Democrats would never follow and record Republican elected officials.

Anyway, the young man in the picture of  Congressman Barrow’s tweet is Ben Stout.  Ben is 18 years old, but has been involved in Republican politics since he was 11 by knocking on doors and putting up yard signs to re-elect the late Representative Bobby Franklin.  He’s spend numerous man-hours volunteering for Representatives Paul Broun and Tom Graves, 9th Congressional Republican candidate Martha Zoller, and helped pull an upset win for 12th Congressional Republican candidate Lee Anderson.

I first met Ben a few years ago when he was helping State Senator Jeff Mullis and former Representative Martin Scott win re-election by going door-to-door and putting up yard signs for both candidates in Walker, Dade, Catoosa, and Chattooga Counties.  He’s been all over the state helping candidates for years, and now he’s answered the call of the National Republican Congressional Committee by tagging along with Congressman John Barrow as a video recorder at his various events…while also entering college as a freshman at Toccoa Falls.

Ben is like one of thousands of young patriots who have chosen to use their free time to volunteer for candidates they believe in.  Keep fighting the good fight.



  1. KD_fiscal conservative says:

    If the GOP wants to beat Barrow, the GOP is going to need a candidate that, at the very least, can form coherent sentences.

    Any rumors about who’s running?

  2. fishtail says:

    Toccoa Falls college…not exactly Harvard or Yale…….or even Savannah State….sounds a little mentally-challenged to me….

    • Matt Stout says:

      There are a million different ways to spend ones free time, Ben has chosen to work hard for the tea party candidates. Who is discouraging young people from getting involved?

    • Charlie says:

      If you’re going to go nuts in the comments section and spread them to other threads like I’m sitting here 24/7 instead of sending an email or tip, then I’m going to respond in kind on days when I don’t have time for reactionary BS.

      That said, I’ll remove her name from the comment and we will admonish Mike and probably figure out a way to inflict physical pain on him and/or kill his dog.

      • Napoleon says:

        Don’t take it out on his dog. What does his dog have to do with it? I bet his dog would bite him if his dog knew what he was doing to posters. If you really want to punish him, make him qualify against Casey Cagle next year.

  3. LawDawg09 says:

    I’ve worked with Ben on a couple of the campaigns listed above. He is a very politically astute young man and has the potential for a strong career in this field. Unlike many seasoned “professionals,” he understands how campaigns are actually won. I’m glad that he’s keeping up the good work that he did this past fall as Barrow’s tracker. Barrow really must be bothered if he continues to tweet about Ben like he did in the campaign. I guess Ben’s constant presence makes it far more difficult for Barrow to talk out of both sides of his mouth.

  4. saltycracker says:

    Ben is a patriot, Ben is mentally-challenged…..11 yr olds, like politicians, have handlers but these remarks shift the focus to the polarized politics of today:

    Friedrich Nietzche once said:

    He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself.

    • Ghost of William F Buckley says:

      Being called a patriot because one is a ‘tracker’ is like calling Adam Lanza a soldier because he killed.

      Because pol operatives with their ‘whatever it takes to get my candidate elected’ has lead us to this place in time. And this from

      No offense to the decent pollsters, campaign advisors out there, BTW.

      “He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself” putting up signs for Bobby Franklin at age 11? WoW!

  5. Mike Stucka says:

    Just a point of order — “and helped pull an upset win for 12th Congressional Republican candidate Lee Anderson” needs to be clarified. If Anderson had ultimately won the most important victory, Mr. Stout wouldn’t be recording John Barrow.

    Toccoa Falls is a beautiful campus. Tiny college, more like a high school in size, but a gorgeous setting.

  6. George Dickel says:

    The “good fight” to keep Republicans relevant in the coming years surely doesn’t involve volunteering to put and keep the likes of Paul Broun and Lee Anderson in office.

  7. Joshua Morris says:

    That fact is that too many young people with enthusiasm, energy and a desire to help their country and their community don’t know how to get involved. Candidates, especially in local races, are looking for anyone and everyone willing to help out. We should encourage young people to be engaged in the political process, because it teaches them that elected officials are just people and that they can communicate with their representatives. Some eventually run for office, which is great. The more bright young minds that get involved in the political arena who truly want to serve the People, the better.

    • Ghost of William F Buckley says:

      Good point, Joshua, yet, anyone willing to be a ‘tracker’ is not serving the People in any positive, useful manner. Such activity perpetuates ‘gotcha’ politics, that it is GOP-to-GOP makes it worse.

      I encourage people to get involved, there are so many other more positive and effective grassroots activities that one can engage in to really make a fruitful difference and serve People.

  8. IndyInjun says:

    Good for young Stout, but all he did was to demonstrate how effective Barrow is in rarely stumbling badly.

    Nobody needed to follow Lee Anderson around for damaging quotes. His voting record said it all. His verbal snafus were just icing on the cake.He was amazingly weak in rural counties and about 6500 to 8500 GOP voters in his own Columbia County defected (versus Romney and other GOP candidates) refused to support him.

    Now it becomes a matter of someone coming forward to take on both Barrow and the establishment GOP. The later is running out of sacrificial lambs to take on the former.

      • IndyInjun says:

        My point was that none was needed. An 18 y.o. with a camcorder simply could not counter the self-inflicted damage of the GOP.

        When Lee only carried Laurens County by 200 votes, it was apparent that the problem the GOP had was its candidate.

        A district in which the GOP had an 8 point advantage was lost by 8 points. Had it not been for Columbia County, the results would have been truly ugly. Barrow simply hammered Lee Anderson for the GOP legislature’s votes that hurt middle class families.

  9. northside101 says:

    The test for Barrow will be the 2014 midterm election,when the Democratic intensity is not as great in this state. (For example, Roy Barnes in 2010 won just 43 percent statewide against Deal, while Obama this time got nearly 46 percent against Romney.) Barrow’s district gave Romney 55 percent and Obama 44 percent—decisively Romney, but a far cry from some of Georgia’s ultra-GOP districts—Doug Collins of northeast Georgia (Gainesville), where Romney got 78 percent, and northwest Georgia’s CD 14 (Tom Graves), where Romney got 73 percent. Question for Barrow is whether he holds onto the rural sections of the district next time? Obviously, the Republican challenger to Barrow next time will easily win the Columbia County portion, while Richmond County, which is the largest county in the district and favored Obama 2-1 over Romney, will certainly stick with Barrow. But what happens in Douglas (Coffee County), Dublin, Statesboro and other areas outside the Augusta portion of the district?

    • IndyInjun says:

      There is no question that Barrow is endangered, but he is well armed against any of the 2012 GOP field. I think he gained a lot of respect and support among conservatives.

      Don’t get me wrong. I do not like his NDAA vote and his Porkulous vote. However if the GOP stupidly goes after him again with some irresponsible social conservative, they deserve yet another defeat.

    • KD_fiscal conservative says:

      True, but we are yet to see if the repubs. will be fired up enough against blue dog Dem. with a largely inoffensive voting record.

      The fact, is people in the district simply don’t dislike Barrow enough to simply vote *against* him(we saw that last election), they need to convinced to vote *for* a candidate.

      • A positive name ID is huge with a District so large and diverse. I have tried to encourage those that have been considering running to go ahead and announce and begin campaigning so that they can garner better name ID and get their message out. All of the candidates but Lee Anderson had about 5-6 months to run over 19 counties.

        • IndyInjun says:

          Two of those best be careful, they have known vulnerabilities that they don’t want under scrutiny for more than a few weeks and months.

    • Nathan says:

      Sorry, I don’t pass along people’s contact to folks without their consent. I’m sure Ben reads PP (at least I hope he does being an astute activist that he is). I’ll defer to his own judgement on whether he wants to contact you or not.

  10. barstool69 says:

    This is not meant to threadjack (if it is, go ahead and remove) but Barrow and the new district made me think of it: Is there anyone actually opposed to a non-partisan re-districting committee? It seems like if I could choose one single change to make in American politics, this would be it. If there is opposition, what is the basis? I haven’t really thought the potential opposition, so I’d be interested in hearing about it.

    • Stefan says:

      The committees don’t work great, but it would be something. It would go farther than any other one thing to allow a representative body to do what it was actually designed to do.

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