- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The term “maverick” used to belong to Sen. John McCain back in the day. Now it’s been expanded to represent a growing batallion of young, aggressive Republicans and conservatives who are ready to rumble, and in touch with their inner maverick, or words to that effect. Founded in 2009, Maverick PAC - or MAVPAC - now boasts 2,500 members.

The group gathers Friday in the nation’s capital for an annual conference that has attracted a stellar line-up of speakers to a glittering hotel a few block north of the White House. They include Republican Sens Rob Portman and Ted Cruz, Rep. Tom Cotton, former Dept. of Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and Carly Fiorina - to name a few.

On their agenda: national security, emerging threats and women in leadership, among other things. Forty young GOP business, elected officials and political leaders will also get some applause.

“What sets MavPAC apart is our ability to give our members an intimate forum to interact with decision makers and influencers; as well as participate in the political process by helping GOP leaders get elected,” said national chair Jay Zeidman.

Last year’s conference was staged in Miami, drawing Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio.

“This year’s D.C conference will have our largest attendance yet, a testament to the strength of our ‘Future 40’ recipients, the conference speakers, and importantly the growth of Maverick PAC across the country,” says conference chairman Fritz Brogan. “I’m excited for a weekend-­long discussion about the future of the GOP and the role that young leaders will play in it.”

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