The Politicizer Team
Conor J Rogers | From The Right – Political Editor
Hometown: HoHoKus, New Jersey
Conor got his start in politics by founding the Republicans Club at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, NJ in 2004. The club, which quickly became a volunteer corps for local republican candidates and campaigns, merged with local high school Republican clubs to form the Bergen County Teenage Republicans in 2005. Conor served as chair of the Bergen “TARs” until his graduation in 2008. While at Bergen TARs, he simultaniously served as head of the New Jersey Teenage Republicans, at the time, the largest teenage republican volunteer group in the Northeast. As a youth political director in New Jersey, he has worked on over a dozen campaigns, including Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign and Kean for Senate 2006.
Conor currently attends The George Washington University and is a political science major. He served as the Freshman Representative for the GW College Republicans, interned for John McCain’s general election campaign and now serves as the Director of Public Relations for the pro-life student group Colonials For Life.
Kathleen McCaffrey | Libertarian
Hometown: Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Ideology: Libertarian Republican
Kathleen McCaffrey has been interested in politics since she first listened to Rush Limbaugh at the age of five. Throughout high school and college she has served on a variety of debate and political clubs. She is the youngest member of the Bergen County Republican Committee. An avid reader, her favorite books include ‘Capitalism and Freedom’, ‘The Road to Serfdom’, ‘Letters to a Young Contrarian’, ‘The End of Faith’, ‘Atlas Shrugged’, and ‘A Man in Full.’ Currently, Kathleen is a student at New York University as a Philosophy and History major with a minor in Economics. She served as the Internship Coordinator for the NYU College Republicans and was an active member of the newly-formed Libertarian Club at NYU.
Tyler Bilbo | From The Left
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Ideology: Partisan Democrat
Tyler Bilbo is a rising sophomore at Georgetown University. A longtime political enthusiast, Tyler is a self-described “red state Democrat” who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His experience growing up in the state that gave John McCain his largest margin victory forms the foundation of his political outlook. An all around progressive Democrat, Tyler emphasizes the importance of packaging liberalism in a way that can sell in the heartland. In addition to searching for a marketable liberal message, Tyler is an avid follower of the United States Congress and Congressional elections.
Tyler is a government major and a Chinese minor at Georgetown University. A member of the Georgetown University College Democrats, Tyler also serves as the political advocacy co-chair for GU Pride, Georgetown’s LGBT student organization.
Michele Walk | Somewhere in the Middle
Hometown: Boxford, Massachusetts
Ideology: Fiscal Conservative/Social Moderate
Michele is “in a messy divorce with the Democratic Party.” She grew up in an atheistic, liberal family in Massachusetts, but had a change of heart when she came to GW. Much to the surprise of her family and friends at home, Michele campaigned for John McCain for President in the fall of 2008, became an active member of the College Republicans, and is now a regular and avid church-goer. While social issues are important to her (pro-life, pro-gay rights), she is first and foremost concerned about fiscal and economic issues. Michele is a strong believer in the free market and gets angry when the government infringes on its peoples’ economic rights. She is not a fan of the far right nor the far left.
Michele is currently a rising sophomore at the George Washington University, double majoring in International Affairs and Economics. This summer, Michele is interning for Massachusetts State Representative Bradford Hill, the Republican minority whip. In the fall, she will be serving as the Community Service chair of the Colonials for Life, GW’s pro-life student organization.
Emma Carpenter | From the Left
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Ideology: Liberal Democrat
Emma attended her first political rally at the age of four and has been hooked ever since. In 2007, she served as a United States Senate Page, sponsored by Senator Ken Salazar. She volunteered on campaigns in Colorado, including Obama’s campaign as well as Ken Salazar for Senate in 2004. She also worked on the Visibility Committee for the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
Emma currently attends the George Washington University, where she is majoring in Women’s Studies. She participated in the Elizabeth J. Somers Women’s Leadership Program as well as served as Freshman Representative for the College Democrats. Currently, she is serving as the Political Affairs Director for College Democrats.
Cynthia Meyer | From The Right
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Cynthia served as the Freshman Representatives for the GW College Republicans, and is currently the Director of Publications. During the 2008 general election, she tirelessly campaigned for the McCain-Palin ticket in Virginia and Pennsylvania. At present, she is working with the Rick Perry campaign for governor.
An Army brat and a Reagan Republican, Cynthia is particularly passionate about supporting our men and women overseas. She has also been a strong opponent of abortion, volunteering for the Texas Rally for Life and participating in the March for Life in DC.
Noah Baron | From The Left
Hometown: Princeton Junction, New Jersey
Ideology: Kucinich Democrat
Noah got his start in politics in high school, when he co-founded an anti-sweatshop and anti-genocide student group called the New Jersey Human Rights Alliance. Though only brief in existence, the NJHRA was involved in distributing information about sweatshop conditions in third-world countries and the genocide in Darfur in a number of shopping centers throughout New Jersey. Soon after, Noah co-founded both a debate club and an Amnesty International club at his high school, the former he led from 2006-7, the latter from 2005-7, when he graduated from high school. While in college, he has interned for John Edwards’ presidential campaign in New Hampshire, the New York State Democratic Committee, and, most recently, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
Noah currently attends Columbia University, where he is majoring in political science and history. Currently, he is the editor of the Columbia Spectator opinion blog, The Commentariat.