As campaigns by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and others have shown, Democrats have a knack for elevating fresh, young candidates with little or no direct political experience.
Now, Republicans appear to be taking pointers, with the latest example being 23-year-old Karoline Leavitt, who previously worked as a press staffer for former President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).
“Trying to destroy our freedom”
According to the Daily Caller, Leavitt is challenging Democratic incumbent Rep. Chris Pappas to represent New Hampshire’s 1st District.
If victorious, she would be the youngest person ever elected to Congress.
Leavitt announced her candidacy in a video statement on Monday, using the opportunity to espouse her conservative beliefs and criticize mainstream media. She also blasted perceived censorship on social media and lambasted “radical” Democrats for their progressive agenda.
The ‘Live Free or Die State’ is my home and radical Leftists are trying to destroy our freedom.
I’m running for Congress – to serve as a bold conservative 🔥FIREWALL🔥 for New Hampshire between ‘We The People’ and the DC swamp.
— Karoline Leavitt (@kleavittnh) July 20, 2021
She expanded on her platform during an interview with WMUR, a local media outlet for which she worked before joining the Trump White House.
“Energy for conservative change”
“I am a proud conservative woman,” Leavitt said. “I am proudly pro-life, pro-liberty, and pro-gun, and in my young career, I have been an ‘America First’ warrior for President Trump.”
The candidate called out “Big Tech oligarchs” in Silicon Valley as ” far-leftist liberals” who had been “censoring and silencing conservatives across the country,” including herself among the victims of such behavior.
“It was no coincidence that they took down my account just hours after I tweeted a statement from President Trump commending my boss at the time, Elise Stefanik.”
Focusing on her family’s history in the state, she vowed to advocate for lower taxes and reduced regulations if elected to Congress and declaring that she has “been spending every day crisscrossing the state and the district” where she determined that the “energy for conservative change here is real.”
She is the fourth Republican to join the race to unseat Pappas, who won re-election by five points last year but faces an uncertain future in terms of redistricting that could make his seat more difficult to retain.