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A 13-year-old for "A Better Future"

Ballan1CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. -- The New York contingent to the Republican National Delegation is a little short on the funny hats and crazy costumes that make such events so colorful, but 13-year-old Joey Ballan is doing his part to stand out in the crowd.

Joey arrived at the New York delegation breakfast this morning with his father, John Ballan, a GOP activist from Scarsdale.

And not only did young Joey arrive in a Yankees hat, he came with a sign that said "I'll need a job in 10 years -- vote for Romney and Ryan."

Asked if the sign was his son's idea, the elder Ballan said: "It was a joint production."

-- Jerry Zremski

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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