A young Republican activist is considering a challenge next year to Rep. Gerald Connolly (D), marking an early start to campaign season in a Northern Virginia seat that few observers view as competitive.
Ron Meyer — a self-described “communications professional and youth spokesperson” best known for having helped foment a mini-rebellion against House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — said in a statement that he was “exploring a run for Congress because I believe it is unjust, immoral, and unfair to leave an unsustainable, debt-ridden government to younger generations.”
Meyer, who lives in Herndon, will turn 25 in September 2014, barely meeting the Constitution’s age threshold to serve in Congress. “Who better to advocate for young Americans in Congress than a young American? I want to help break the gridlock at the Capitol by making a personal, powerful, and moral case for sustainable government,” Meyer said.
Meyer’s statement says he has worked as a spokesman for the conservative Young America’s Foundation and American Majority Action, and he has made frequent media appearances. He first drew real attention in December and January by helping to stir up trouble against Boehner, initally by using the hashtag “#FireBoehner” on Twitter.