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Topic - Charlie Gerow
Sen. Marco Rubio began 2013 as the talk of the town, riding high in 2016 presidential polls and spearheading Republican efforts to woo the Hispanic voting bloc that helped power President Obama to a second term.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has undergone lap-band surgery, vetoed gun control bills and banned anti-gay conversion therapies for minors — all while touting his ability to push conservative principles in a blue state.
The struggling economy is even making its presence felt on state ballots across the country this November, as initiatives on social issues such as abortion, immigration and gay rights are giving way to bread-and-butter questions about taxes and government spending.
Republicans this fall are hoping that what doesn't tear them apart will only make them stronger.
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint has bet on the right horse in an impressive string of Senate primary contests this year, but the freshman Republican's biggest challenge will likely be how he and his band of conservative outsiders fit into the GOP establishment.
"I think there is universal agreement that the Speaker has the toughest political job in Washington, D.C.," said Charlie Gerow, a Pennsylvania-based GOP consultant. "He will retire when he believes it is time."
"I think that the Republican Party of today has realized the mistakes that were made during that period and has refound its soul and intends to act based upon that," Mr. Gerow said.