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Library of Congress Hosts Event

Staff Writer

Published: Friday, October 30, 2009

Updated: Friday, October 30, 2009 08:10

The 21st Century Democrats hosted their first annual Youth Leadership Speaker Series at the Library of Congress. The free event, which invited Congresswoman Betsey Markey (D-CO) and Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), was held primarily for congressional interns, College Democrat Associations at colleges in the District of Columbia, and general members of the public. Markey told the future democratic leaders not to fall into party politics and vote for what you feel is right, while Frank extolled virtues of partisanship.

 The 21st Century Democrats is a major Democratic political action committee dedicated to promoting and electing progressive democrats at the grass roots level. The organization was very successful in 2008, with over 65 percent of it's endorsed candidates winning.

"Ultimately you have to decide what's best for our future as a country and let the chips fall where they may", said Rep. Markey.

Betsy Markey defeated three-term Republican incumbent Marilyn Musgrave in the general elections last year and is one of 54 new Democrats added to Congress since their party's takeover in 2006. Markey continued to stress her common roots and very active path to get to where she currently is. Students must maintain their progressive ideas and still continue to fight until they reach their ultimate goal of a seat in Congress.

Representative Barney Frank encouraged  students to stay steadfast in their ideas once in Congress and suggested maintaining partisanship. Many politicians are advocating bipartisanship as a way to pass major effective legislation such as the health care bill. But Frank says, unless you want to water things down, the progressive way would be to maintain a partisan path to the completion of the bill.

The Youth Leadership Speaker Series continues every Wednesday for the next six weeks and is free and open to the public.

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