A Five-Foot-Nothing Conservative Whiz Kid

By Nick Foureizos, Ozy - January 12, 2015

Listen to Coreco Pearson Jr. speak and you hear the classic stump speech of a true conservative.


In front of you is a 12-year-old hankering to make his first legislative mark on the world. His issue: challenging age barriers that keep his peers out of politics. He’s jockeying to lower Georgia’s age restrictions on holding public office to 18 in the House and 21 in the Senate. An African-American pre-teen from Augusta, Georgia, is hardly the face of the GOP. But he’s got more yeasayers than you’d guess: Since November, Pearson — who campaigned for new Sen. David Perdue last fall — has worked his connections to recruit a slew of supporters. Seven co-sponsors have already signed on, including state Reps. Ben Harbin, Barry Fleming and Buzz Brockway. If 18-year-olds can get drafted, “why not give them a chance?” Brockway quipped. 


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