Adam Motzko, a 20-year old economics student, is among the 80-person delegation (40 delegates and 40 alternates) who will represent Minnesota at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug 27-30.
Motzko, a recent Watertown-Mayer High School graduate, was elected as a member of the delegation to the RNC at the 6th Congressional District GOP Convention held in Mounds View on April 14. Motzko ran as a “Liberty Republican” supporting Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. Of Minnesota’s 40 national delegates, 32 are Liberty Republicans.
Motzko was one of six people from the 6th Congressional District chosen to be part of the delegation. The district chose three delegates and three alternates. Motzko is one of the three alternates.
“The libertarian movement in America today is unlike any political movement we’ve seen in decades,” Motzko said. “Dr. Paul has energized and motivated a huge base of young voters, and his values and principles represent the future of the Republican Party. That’s something I’m more than proud to be a part of.”
Although former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee, Motzko says he still plans to cast his vote for Paul and is hopeful that within convention rules, Paul’s name may be placed in nomination and he is given the opportunity to speak at the convention. Motzko also said he will support GOP platform planks and resolutions proposed and endorsed by Paul and his supporters.
“I believe the Republican Party is in the middle of a healthy ideological debate over the principles it should stand for in the years to come,” Motzko said. “Congressman Paul has singlehandedly shed light on the economic dangers of the Federal Reserve, massive amounts of government debt, and the loss of civil liberties that were supposed to be protected under our Constitution.”
Motzko is one of many libertarian up-and-comers within the State party. A 2010 graduate of Watertown-Mayer High School, he currently serves as the Minnesota State Chair for the Young Americans for Liberty, a nationwide organization that works to promote libertarian ideals and philosophy across college campuses.
“I’m looking forward to the philosophical discussion between the Party’s leaders at the upcoming convention,” Motzko said. “I will stress the importance of holding both political parties to the same standards. When it comes to the growth of government, we must pull the plank out of our own eye before we point to the speck in our adversaries’ eyes. We need to be the party that holds true to our principle in every policy debate. The time for rhetoric and talking points is over. Now is the time to offer real solutions that will promote the life, liberty, and property of all Americans. Our message at the RNC will be clear: we all deserve to live free.”