One of the GOP 'Young Guns' is 70 Years Old

Joe Coors, a Colorado candidate, isn't the only member of the new crop of future Republican leaders who's eligible for Social Security.

Just because you're a Young Gun doesn't mean you have to be young.

Take Joe Coors, one of the 10 candidates just added to the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Gun list, a group of candidates the NRCC hopes to propel into office. The candidate for Colorado's 7th district has never held elected office before; he is also 70 years old and has eight grandchildren. (He's also not a beer.)

Coors isn't the only one of the new Young Guns who's eligible for Social Security. Perhaps it's not mistake that the retirement program is the top item on John Tavaglione's campaign website. Tavaglione, who's running in California's 41st district, might not make the cut off for a senior discount at the theaters in Riverside, but he is 63 years old.

Overall, the average age of the latest group of Young Guns is 52 years old.

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David A. Graham is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers political and global news. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

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