Layla Shipman, who was given the national honor Saturday night during the 2012 Young Republicans Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., said she got caught up in the hype surrounding Clinton in the ’90s.
“He’s cool. He’s on MTV. He’s a semi-attractive man,” she said describing her reasoning. “About a year in his presidency, I thought ‘What the Lord have I done.’”
As she got older, Shipman said she realized her values lined up more with the Republican Party. She said the last Democrat she voted for was former Floyd County Sheriff Tommy Rickman.
Her efforts for the Republican Party were honored when she received the award in Washington last weekend.
The award was announced Saturday night during the conference’s closing gala at the Sphinx Club at McPherson Square.
The Young Republican Leadership Conference is the biennial signature event of the Young Republican National Federation. It brings together the nation’s top young Republicans with elected officials from around the country for a weekend of leadership training and grassroots development.
“Being active in politics since I was 18 years old, serving as Rome Young Republican chairman, Floyd County GOP director of public relations, Newt Gingrich’s field staff, National Committee Woman and recently being awarded a slot as a delegate to the national convention in Tampa all were topped off by this award,” Shipman said.
“This award has inspired me to continue my hard work to elect good conservative Republican candidates,” Shipman said. “We still have much work to do this year, so winning was just a short pause as I focus on the rest of the election season.”
Established in 1931, the Young Republican National Federation is one of the oldest political youth organizations in the United States. It represents more than 75,000 members around the country.