Lachlan Markay

Age

26

Location

Hamilton College, 2009

Twitter

@lachlan

While attending high school in New York, Lachlan Markay leaned pretty far left. It wasn’t until he read classics like the Federalist Papers while attending Hamilton College that he began his journey down the ‘right’ path.

“I really like to argue, and because it was the default position to be left-of-center, I wanted to engage peers and professors who were not giving the right side a fair shake on the issues,” he told Red Alert Politics.

Markay, a 26-year-old staff writer for The Washington Free Beacon, entered the conservative movement through an internship with the Institute for Humane Studies. He later interned at The Washington Examiner before joining the Heritage Foundation as an investigative reporter.

His long-held desire to work in professional journalism led Markay to leave Heritage and accept a staff writer position at the Free Beacon. Markay said he was interested in “not necessarily unbiased reporting, but adding something to the conversation.”

After working for several years in the conservative movement, Markay believes young conservatives should remember one thing: “Nobody cares about your opinion.”

“Everyone in this town and even across the country has opinions and can write well,” he said. “If you’re trying to set yourself apart, especially in political journalism, it’s not just saying what you think, but providing new facts and giving people a fair chance to respond.”

As for older conservatives, Markay said the best thing they can do to attract new voters is have a “sense of humor.”

“That’s something the Left did really well—they weren’t stuck in old ways of campaigning,” he said. “We’re in a constantly changing technological and political environment.”

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