|(l-r) Mona, Bryan, Amanda & Aiyana!|
We're growing by leaps and bounds! Meet the people who made CPAC 2014 the best ever for the show.
The one who doesn't have time to look into a camera is Mona Salama. A young Republican by way of Astoria, Queens, Mona has a B.A. in history education from City College of New York, an M.P.A candidate at John Jay and an aspiring blogger. A self-described "girl who loves politics", Mona is a budding political operative well-versed in field operations, having worked as a campaign staffer for different campaigns - including Joe Lhota's mayoral bid - for almost 3 years. She is an active member of the New York Young Republican Club in which she is a member of its Blog Committee.
Then there's our friend Bryan Antico. A native of Smithtown, NY (that's on Long Island to the geographically challenged), Bryan is president of the Smithtown YRs, and a town Republican Committeeman who had worked on campaigns in Nassau, Queens and Suffolk counties. He has an Associates Degree from Suffolk College, and was recently recognized by Newsday for his community service work at a local hospital. Oh, and did we mention that he's only 20?!? Bryan is awaiting deployment with the US Navy, where he will become a hospital corpsman.
Then there is our good longtime friend Amanda Kohut, who has been an amazing friend on the show and has agreed to write for us! Amanda is currently a graduate student at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. She was awarded a GW Fellowship in Spring 2013. She has campaigned for Republicans in eleven states. Most notably, she was the Director of Research for Bob Turner’s historic 2011 victory, when he won New York’s 9th Congressional District seat. She was invited to join his Congressional staff, and was a Legislative Assistant in his Washington D.C. office.
And last, but certainly not least is my best friend (outside of Russell Gallo) Aiyana Joseph, who has been a regular caller into our show and was an integral part of Team Brooklyn GOP Radio at CPAC. Living all the way up in Glenville, NY, Aiyana is a young Republican who is a graphic design professional and is active in the Schenectady County GOP, serving as Glenville GOP Treasurer. In her town, the GOP swept all races in 2013 (just like Brooklyn, right?!?) Her writing philosophy of "If you're angry about something, blog about it!" fits in perfectly with the show.
Once you get to know all of them, you'll love 'em as much as Russ and I do!