National magazine profiles GOP’s Penry

Josh Penry is a “young man in a hurry” to revamp a political party badly in need of revamping, the Christian Science Monitor says.

Penry, a 33-year-old state senator who heads the Republican minority in the Senate, is characterized as a “young turk” trying to lead the Colorado GOP back from the political abyss of the elections that cost his party the state Legislature and governorship.

Penry has, according to the story by Linda Feldmann, patterned his approach after that of the shadow government with himself positioned at the top, where he is best able to question Gov. Bill Ritter, a Democrat seeking his second term.

Penry is the youngest of the four politicians profiled by The Monitor. The others are Ted Cruz, 38, who is running to be attorney general of Texas; former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, 41; and two-term St. Petersburg, Fla., Mayor Rick Baker, 52.

Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli told The Monitor that Penry is engineering a “fairly sophisticated rollout” of his gubernatorial campaign, one that could lead him to prevail in the primary election against his onetime boss, former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, also of Grand Junction.

The Monitor also notes Penry’s campaign strategy of acknowledging the spending mistakes by the Republican Congress in making his case to voters.

Spokesmen for McInnis and Ritter said their campaigns were fixed on issues and declined to comment on the story.

Penry said he was disinclined to attribute any political value to the story.

“It’s indicative of how hungry many Republicans are for new leadership and a return to the principles that made it strong,” he said. “That and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee. We continue to press on.”


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