Oct. 23, 2006 PRESS RELEASE FROM Sen. John McCain's Straight Talk America PAC

Twenty-five College Republican Leaders Join Straight Talk America in Alabama

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Twenty-five college Republican leaders from Alabama have joined Straight Talk America to form the Alabama Youth Advisory Committee.  The committee will spread Senator McCain’s message of support for 2006 GOP candidates across the state’s college campuses.

Joining Straight Talk America:

Blake Harris                  State College Republican Chairman, Auburn University

Hunter Hill                     State College Republican Deputy Chairman, Samford University

Andy Yerbey                 State College Republican Treasurer and Chairman, University of Alabama

Heather Mickle              State College Republican Secretary, University of Alabama

Patrick Baggett              State Northern Caucus College Republican Chairman, Samford University

Tyler Adams                  State Southern Caucus College Republican Chairman and Treasurer, Auburn University

Kristy Cottrell                Chairman, Auburn University College Republicans

Ryan Cantrell                 Chairman, Faulkner University College Republicans

Alan De Busk                Chairman, Auburn University at Montgomery College Republicans

Jordan Van Matre          Chairman, University of Mobile College Republicans

Justin Alexander             Chairman, University of North Alabama College Republicans

Ryan Jones                    Chairman, University of Alabama – Birmingham College Republicans

Steve Babitz                  Vice-Chairman, Auburn University College Republicans

Robert Towner              Vice-Chairman, University of Alabama – Huntsville College Republicans

Sophia Martorana          Vice-Chairman, Samford University College Republicans

Hayley Lann                  Secretary, University of Alabama College Republicans

Carl Miserindino            Secretary, Auburn University College Republicans

James Blackburn           State College Republican Deputy Executive Director, Samford University

Peter Castro                  State College Republican Political Director, Auburn University

Chip Crowell                 Executive Director, University of Alabama College Republicans

Joel Blankenship            Former State College Republican Secretary, Samford University

Shelley Tidmore             Former State Northern Caucus Chairman and former College Republican Chairman, University of Alabama – Birmingham

Ryan Tauton                  Former State Central Caucus Chairman and former College Republican Chairman, Auburn University

Drew White                   Policy Director, Auburn University College Republicans

Victoria Hamilton           Former Public Relations Chairman, University of Alabama – Birmingham College Republicans

Harris, chairman of the Alabama State Chapter of College Republicans, said, “John McCain is a leader who we believe is on the right track for Alabama and for America. As college Republican leaders, our job is to do the groundwork for the Republican Party.  Senator McCain understands our goal and is helping us work toward it. We are proud to help him elect good conservative Republicans this November.”

 “Straight Talk America is fortunate to have such wide support among Alabama College Republicans. This group truly represents the next generation of leaders in our country, and I appreciate their enthusiasm and willingness to help Straight Talk America’s efforts,” said Senator McCain.