June 19, 2013 10:26 AM by Stephanie Gustafson
It pays to be in reality television — and we’re not just talking TV royalties here. Josh Duggar of 19 Kids And Counting has made a point of capitalizing on his name in hopes of launching a career…and it looks like he’s succeeded! Once known simply as the eldest Duggar child, Josh will now make his mark as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council.
It’s clear that the family values subset of the conservative movement has been struggling greatly in the past few years. This diminishing influence is largely a result of overwhelming public perception that has labeled social conservatism as old and outdated. The Family Research Council is hoping to reverse this trend by bringing the popular reality television star Josh Duggar on as a member of its lobbying team. At only 25 years old, Josh is viewed as a potential voice for the next generation of socially conservative Americans.
Obviously, being named lobbyist for one of the more influential conservative groups in the nation is quite the accomplishment for a guy in his mid 20s. So Josh Duggar’s excitement is certainly understandable. In a recent statement, the reality star turned politician explained, “I’m very excited about joining FRC Action and working to promote the values that have always been close to my heart and my family. In this capacity, I will be engaging the grassroots and taking the message of faith, family and freedom all across America.”
Now that news of his new political gig is out, things are going to change quickly for Josh’s growing family. Josh, his wife and his three kids are all moving to Washington D.C., an experience that Family Research Council president Tony Perkins believes will serve as quite the “culture shock.” But members of the FRC have full faith in Josh’s ability to fit in, having offered effusive praise about his status as a “sharp kid.”
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