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200 teens hit campaign trail for Cuccinelli

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By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau

SHOT IN THE ARM: Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign for governor will soon get a shot in the arm from 200 teens who will be deployed across the state. (Photo courtesy of Generation Joshua.)

SHOT IN THE ARM: Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign for governor will soon get a shot in the arm from 200 teens who will be deployed across the state. (Photo courtesy of Generation Joshua.)

PURCELLVILLE — Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is calling in the reserves in an efford to bolster his  campaign.

Some 200 teenagers will hit the streets across the state to drum up excitement for his conservative campaign.

After several weeks  trailing his Democrat opponent Terry McAuliffe in the polls, reports have surfaced that Cuccinelli has shaken up his campaign strategy and staff.

Generation Joshua, an organization that specializes in recruiting and sending armies of teens to conservative candidates close to the election date, is launching an early deployment to work with the Cuccinelli campaign in two weeks.

”What Cuccinelli needs is a shot of adrenaline,” said Jeremiah Lorrig, deputy director of Generation Joshua. “One thing these kids bring to any campaign that they go to is energy.”

Generation Joshua, a division of the Home School Legal Defense Association, recruits home-school students from across the country to make phone calls and knock on doors promoting conservative candidates.

The organization is funded by HSLDA’s Virginia political action committee.

The deployment, dubbed “Operation: Shock and Awe,” was announced on Sept. 10 with a spy-themed recruitment video on YouTube and their Facebook page.


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It’s not the first time the youth brigade has taken to the streets to bolster a conservative political campaign.

State Sen. Bryce Reeves, one of 51 Republican senators in the 100-member chamber, credited his narrow victory over 28-year Democratic incumbent Edd Houck to Generation Joshua.

“They were the deciding factor in our victory,” Reeves said. He won his 2011 race by 226 votes.

The young politicos also worked with Cuccinelli during his 2009 attorney general bid.

Contact Bre Payton at bre@watchdogvirginia.org or follow her on Twitter @Bre-payton

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