Oct 18, 2013 1:18 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Congressional Chaos: UA's young Democrats and Republicans react

TUCSON- From protesters outside the White House, to a stenographer gone nuts on Capitol Hill.

The nation has kept a close eye on what has happened in Washington over the last couple of weeks and some people are getting a good laugh.

"I think it's a great opportunity for some good comedic gold," UA Student Zoey Kotzambasis says. "It's quite hilarious actually."

Kotzambasis is a member of the College Republicans. She doesn't like what she sees in the men and women who are supposed to be her political role models. "It's discouraging, kinda frightening, to see them act like that because it sort of just takes away any hope we may have for the future," Kotzambasis says.

She says the future of our nation seems uncertain. The only thing we can count on is perhaps another government shutdown. "Honestly I don't think they're listening to people in a lot of cases, I think that a lot of it has to do with political posturing and just doing what the party leaders say," Kotzambasis says.

After 16 days of pure political chaos, the attitude of young Democrats is just as dismal. "I think it's really unfortunate," Nick Mahon says. "I saw a study that says it's going to cost the government $24 billion and I think it's a shame."

So the question is how will this shutdown impact these college students' desires to head into the political arena once they graduate? "It would dissuade me, except for my passion for the issues that I stand for as a Democrat," Mahon says.

Others won't be taking a trip to DC anytime soon. "I don't hate myself enough to get involved in politics," Kotzambasis says with a smile.


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