King County GOP

Elections 2012
2:47 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Young Washington Republicans Enthused, But Not Always Party Line

Rob McKenna, Republican gubernatorial candidate, talks to supporters, while daughters, Madelin, Katie and wife Marilyn applaud, on election night in Bellevue.
Credit AP Photo/Stephen Brashear

When you talk to Madeline Fakharzadeh, a high school senior in Kent, you wouldn’t necessarily think American politics are all that divisive right now.  At Tuesday's Republican election night party in Bellevue, she held a campaign sign for her local congressman, Republican Dave Reichert. But she has also volunteered for Democrats and for Washington United for Marriage, the group behind Referendum 74 to legalize same-sex marriage. And she didn’t think she was out of the ordinary in a Republican crowd on election night. “With times changing the way they are, it’s not a matter of, ‘I’m a conservative, I don’t believe in same-sex marriage.’ It’s changing,” she said.

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