Paulo Sibaja

Paulo Sibaja head shot

Age

26

School

University of California, Riverside

Occupation

Strategic Initiatives Director, Colorado, Republican National Committee

Twitter

@PauloSibaja

BIO

Paulo Sibaja is the strategic initiatives director, Colorado, for the Republican National Committee (RNC), and he also serves as chairman of Latino NRC, Colorado. Prior to his current position, he was the director of coalitions for the Leadership Institute. Sibaja was deputy coalitions director in Colorado for Mitt Romney for President and state director of Hispanic outreach, New Mexico, for the RNC. He also worked as legislative director for Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert, Calif. He has been published in the Orange County Register, cited by the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, and has appeared multiple times on TV and radio stations.

 

 

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or another capacity?

We must go into all communities, and we must lead or be led; but first of all, we must listen. We will not be heard unless we have a context. That only comes from listening. It starts at home and continues in our community, in our states, and beyond. Find your passion, discover your skills, and put them to use to advance the cause. Society is made up of individuals, and we must never forget that each person is unique. If we abdicate our responsibility, we lose our right to complain.

 

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

We are motivated by positivity! A right-of-center message should, as Reagan so famously did, inspire people. However, it should also be [crafted] to relate to everyday Americans. Sure, we should audit the Fed. Sure, we should cut down the debt. Sure, we should repeal bad regulations, but what does that mean for the unemployed college student or the single mom?

Elected officials and others in positions of power should follow one simple rule: Politics is of the heart as well as of the mind; people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Terms like “discretionary spending,” “Federal Reserve,” “NSA,” and “sequester” don’t scream, “I care.” Rather, they scream, “I am out of touch.” Let’s first forge strong, long-lasting relationships before we get trapped in the minutiae of policy.

 

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

We must not throw up our hands and say that a community is too far gone to the other side, or that community doesn’t get it, or that they will vote against us. No, I refuse to believe that is the case. Why? Because on policy, more people of all stripes agree with conservatives. We simply do a poor job showing and proving that we care.

Conservatism in 10 years, I believe will — as MLK said in his speech “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top” — get to the Promised Land. The way we get there is through the streets of California, the mountains of the West, the deserts of the Southwest, the plains of Texas and the Midwest, the rivers and rolling hills of the South, the cities of the North, and most importantly the hearts and minds of all Americans.

Thirty Under Thirty – 2014

Polititainment

Stewart: Trump is every GOP stereotype
Jon Stewart can’t get enough of bashing Donald Trump, but on Thursday’s episode of The Daily Show, he actually made a solid point. In the Republican Party’s assessment of what went wrong in 2008 and 2012, when Democrats and Obama took the White House, they determined that it was because of the negative stereotypes that […]
Stewart downplays private Obama meeting
Jon Stewart insists that his quiet meetings with Obama weren’t that different from how most of his meetings go—with Obama basically saying, “Jon, why are you such an a—hole.” Politico reported earlier this week that Obama has twice called Stewart to the White House for private meetings where the president tried to sell Stewart on his agenda. […]
Tina Fey: Trump is 'great for comedy'
She is best known for her impersonation of Sarah Palin in the 2008 election, but Tina Fey says she’s found a new source of inspiration this time around. His name is Donald Trump, and you might know him from the tastefully placed signs tacked onto the sides of some skyscrapers, which it turns out, are not loved by […]
Jon Stewart mocks Obama's Kenya trip
Jon Stewart had a few problems with Obama’s Kenya trip—like how he lectured them on gay rights and women’s rights…despite the fact that Obama stayed totally mum on human rights abuses during a previous trip to Saudi Arabia. He was also amused by the passive aggression exhibited by Obama family members whom he did not […]
Obama's secret meetings with Jon Stewart
The “most open and transparent administration in history” already has quite the reputation for stonewalling and bullying the press. It’s little surprise that the president was also in the practice of secretly cajoling the Daily Show into plugging his agenda. A new Politico report reveals that Barack Obama twice called Jon Stewart to the White House for secret meetings—a process Stewart jokingly compared […]

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2016

Jeb Bush tries to make inroads with black voters
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was stumping in his home state of Florida ta the National Urban League Conference on Friday trying to make inroads with the black vote. Republicans hope Bush can win 14 percent of the black vote again like did in his 1998 run for the governor, reported National Journal.  Some even […]
Carly Fiorina frustrated by 'unclear' debate rules
With just days left until the top Republican candidates are chosen to participate in the first presidential debate, Carly Fiorina knows it is unlikely she will be selected to debate on the main stage. Fiorina expressed frustration with the debate process rules, which she described as “unclear” in a conference call with supporters on Thursday. Based […]
Is Rand Paul failing, or is it media hype?
Rand Paul’s presidential campaign is in trouble. According to Politico, the Paul campaign struggles with low morale, weak fundraising, and a failure to capitalize on the network of supporters his father had during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns. All of these problems have resulted in low poll numbers. In the Quinnipiac University poll, Paul hasn’t […]
Mark Cuban would be Trump's VP if he was asked
Two long-time billionaire frenemies no longer have bad blood. Having already praised the Donald Trump as the “best thing to happen to politics” in decades, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is now open to the idea of being his running mate. Business Insider asked Cuban Thursday if he would consider running for vice president if […]
Poll: Clinton at all-time low favorability rating
The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could win their primaries, but a general election would prove a tougher slog. Donald Trump received 20 percent support from polled Republicans, but 30 percent of Republicans said they would “definitely not” support him, according to the July 23-28 poll. Scott Walker finished […]

Policy

Norton: D.C. is 'proud' to be a sanctuary city
Politicians in the nation’s capital are very “proud” that the city ignores federal laws. So said Washington D.C.’s delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton to a group of protestors on Thursday, according The Daily Caller. “We are proud to stand with our immigrants, documented and undocumented alike. Donald Trump has worked up Republicans around the nation […]
To jumpstart the economy, deregulate
One way to boost the American economy might be simple: change the regulatory environment. The Cato Institute released a new study, “Low-Hanging Fruit Guarded by Dragons: Reforming Regressive Regulation to Boost U.S. Economic Growth,” that suggests smaller improvements over grand changes. Optimistically, author Brink Lindsey states: Despite today’s polarized political atmosphere, it is possible to […]
D.C. floats proposal to increase the minimum wage
Washington D.C. might get a boost in its minimum wage, but the consequences aren’t as rosy as some supporters claim. Reason reported on a possible ballot measure for 2016 that would increase the hourly minimum wage in the District to $15. The problem is that “the relationship between low wages and poverty is extremely weak.” Education […]
LA City Council bans high capacity magazines
“Bring it on” was the challenge that Los Angeles Councilman Paul Krekorian offered to the National Rifle Association after the city legislature unanimously voted Tuesday to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines. “If the NRA wants to sue over this, bring it on,” said Krekorian. His wish just might come true. There may be a battle over gun […]
Legislators want metal detectors at theaters
Since airport security screeners are doing such a good job (read: failing over 95 percent of their undercover tests) one New York legislator wants to forcibly install metal detectors in basically every large public venue. In the wake of the Louisiana movie theater shooting, New York State Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens) started whipping up legislation that […]