The Renegade Rip

Randy Newton

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He humorously refers to his friends as his future Cabinet members. With his goal of doing something spectacular for the Republican Party, as well as becoming president of the United States, while cracking political jokes every so often during a conversation, it’s not surprising to hear Liberty High School junior Randy Newton say, “I love politics.”

This red-haired, freckled, self-proclaimed neat freak has two role models.

“Well, my grandma for one, because of all the stuff she put up with: raising six kids and a husband,” Newton said, as he slouched in his chair with his long legs extended and crossed at the ankles. He folded his arms as he continued to think, “And President Bush. In my opinion, he has demonstrated great leadership skills.”

Naturally, Newton enjoys keeping up with politics and also the news, but he also enjoys talking to his friends online and attends church three times a week.

“When it comes to priorities, I put God and family first, and then everything else comes second,” Newton said. His family consists of his father, mother, two sisters and a brother. His father, Randy, 39, works in construction, and his mother, Dianna, 35, works for Farmers Insurance. His sister Corine is 13 and plays softball, volleyball and participates in track. His other sister Lacey is 12 and was dubbed by Newton as “Daddy’s little girl.” Then, there’s 10-year-old Cody, Newton’s brother, who Newton says is “the genius of the family.”

Newton said, “I feel really fortunate. I’ve never really had any deaths or injuries. Just the average family problems.”

As he described his family, he recalled an interesting childhood experience.

“I was attacked by a rooster,” said Newton with a single laugh escaping in a sigh. “I was just going to get the eggs.”

He also shared a peculiar dream.

“I was driving my cousin’s car, which was a stick shift that I couldn’t operate, (the car) turned into a bicycle, going backwards down the street at night with a mean dog chasing me.”

Ever since he was born, for 15 years, Newton’s lived in Bakersfield, and after being attacked by a rooster and dreaming of being chased by a dog on a backward bike, it’s no wonder he’s learned “to trust God, and not the government.”

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