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California delegates, from the youngest to the more seasoned

by AirTalk

California delegates Bill Jones and Briana Bilbray sit down for an interview with Larry Mantle at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Gina Delvac/KPCC

If the name Briana Bilbray sounds familiar, that’s probably because you’re thinking of her father. Brian Bilbray is a Republican representing California’s 50th district of northern San Diego County in congress. This year, Briana is serving as the youngest California delegate attending the Republican National Convention.

As a 25-year-old female, she may not appear to be the typical Republican. Beyond that, she also supports the use of medical marijuana and dispensaries for the drug. She even signed on as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the federal government to stop the Drug Enforcement Agency from shutting down dispensaries which turn a profit. Both Briana and her father are skin cancer survivors, although the elder Bilbray does not share his daughter’s view on marijuana.

What, beyond her family ties, influenced her decision to serve as a delegate? What are Mitt Romney and the Republican Party doing to garner that elusive youth vote? Are they succeeding?

Also on AirTalk we have Bill Jones, former California Secretary of State from 1995 to 2003, as well as gubernatorial and senate candidate. How does Jones, who has been around the political block a few more times than Bilbray, rate the Romney campaign and this year’s Republican convention?


Briana Bilbray, California Delegate pledged to Mitt Romney; youngest delegate in California’s delegation; daughter of Congressman Brian Bilbray (CA-50)

Bill Jones, California delegate, former Secretary of State for California (1995-2003)

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