In the northeast, deep in the Empire State, a young man named Paul-Anthony Cuesta is making waves to change the public perception of the Republican Party. He’s ambitiously running for Chairman of The New York Federation of College Republicans. An very important GOP auxiliary that has a heavy effect on the future of the party.
The announcement of his candidacy came on February 1st, the first day of Black History month, in a short video of him speaking to a room of young supporters saying the following:
We need to show people that the Republican party is more than what you see on msnbc, more than what you see on YouTube and more than what your liberal friends are sharing on Facebook. That we honestly truly represent all of America, and it’s a blessing and a curse. When you represent everyone, you can brag about the good but you also have to take shots for the bad things.
Another goal he stated was as follows:
People need to be enlightened on how they can get involved in the political process on the local level.
After speaking with his campaign manager, I was able to personally interview Paul-Anthony Cuesta for a while.
From the start he embodied a new bold message, a new story for the Republican party. He first spoke of his family who had came from repressive regimes in Haiti and Colombia. Their stories instilled in him a caution against the overreaching power of big government and helped inspire him to join the Republican party. Paul proudly noted he was raised to be independent and a patriot. He also spoke of a desire to get involved with his community and solve problems. Lastly, he mentioned the effect his Roman Catholic upbringing has on him.
I asked what was his single greatest motivation to run. In response he said:
I have basically met a lot of diverse Republicans. And they portray our party as a white man cigar club and I feel it’s wrong. I want to fight against that negative presupposition. We will go above and beyond politics to help communities.
Intrigued, I pressed further in questioning, asking what he would do on day one in the case he was successful in April. He spoke of the low rate of transition among the various organizations of the Republican party. In response he proclaimed that he’d implement a transition program to resolve the issue. Afterwards he spoke thoughtfully of his desire to see “each student establish personal relationships with their representatives.” to “establish a proper level of communication among all levels of the GOP.” My final question was as follows:
If there was one thing you could tell youth interested in politics. What would it be?
“It doesn’t matter what color tie you wear, it is about you establishing the proper thought patterns to make a critical decision. Make the right decision, become more involved, Don’t get someone into office and leave them alone for 4 years. We have a lot of elected officials that do great things but they can’t really make a strong enough effect because they don’t have enough manpower to get it through. Become more informed, don’t vote down the ballot.”
The vote will take place sometime next April among the delegation in charge of electing the new chair.