Republican think tank sidelines Jindal as future GOP leader

April 4th, 2009 - 12:36 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Apr.4 (ANI): The Heritage Foundation, a prominent conservative think tank in Washington, has anointed Representative Paul Ryan “the leader of the future of the conservative movement.”

According to Fox News, Ryan has sidelined Jindal, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia.

At 39, Ryan has become the go-to-guy on policy.

“I’m the man of the hour because I’m the top Republican on the House Budget Committee,” he told Fox News in an interview.

Republicans are desperately seeking a new generation of leaders as it attempts to recover from two devastating election cycles that stripped them of power in Congress and the White House.

Elected to Congress in his 20s, Ryan is a self-described nerd.

A husband and father of three children, Ryan’s got a knack for simplifying complex budget concepts.

He’s confident, not cocky — he picks up his own dry cleaning — but he’s clearly being groomed.

Ryan, however, is wary of party elders. Like last year’s GOP presidential nominee, John McCain, he fancies himself a reformer, blaming “them” — the nameless Republican old guard — for abandoning principle and shrinking the party. (ANI)

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