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Edgy Interview: Cynthia Bryant

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Cynthia Bryant, Executive Director of the California Republican Party, is all about the Golden State.  As you’ll see in this installment of the Edgy Interview, she’s been involved in California politics, at all levels, basically forever. But Cynthia’s love for the state clearly ventures well beyond the bounds of politics, stretching into the arts, food, sports and even a certain property she has her eye on. Glad we ask questions on a wide variety of topics. 


Cynthia Bryant

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

A Democrat.  Seriously I told people that when I was 4 or 5.

What was your favorite musical genre as a teenager and what are you listening to now?

Pop Rock then and now, although I mix in a lot of other styles. I like to keep Spotify on its toes.

Who shaped your thinking most on politics?

My father, very pragmatic.

What’s the best professional advice you’ve received and who gave it to you?

“If you don’t get out of politics by your 3rd cycle, you never will.” -Sal Russo

If you could go back in time, which former President would you like to chat with and what’s the topic?

President Theodore Roosevelt, preferably in Yosemite. We would discuss his impressions of California and hopes for its future, based on his visit here.


You’ve worked with Governor Schwarzenegger. Which accomplishment are you proudest of?

Negotiating the workers’ compensation reform of 2004. It was Governor Schwarzenegger’s biggest campaign promise and it was a successful reform. It has been reformed again since then. Apparently, the workers’ comp system needs reform every 7 to 10 years after the lawyers figure out the loopholes and costs are driven up.

If you could repeal one law, which would it be and why?

Assembly Bill 5, which essentially eliminates the independent contractor law. It is another union effort to rid California of any flexible work ideas.

Who would you want to have play you in your biopic?

If a drama, Jennifer Jason Leigh.  If a comedy, Amy Poehler.

Who is your favorite artist – any medium – and why?

Ansel Adams because his photographs capture California in all her glory.

Favorite cuisine and where do you get it? 

California cuisine. Mulvaney’s Sacramento.

What three things are must-haves in your fridge at all times?

Horseradish, taco sauce and spinach.

What is your favorite moment from sports?

Tie: In person it was the 2006 Kentucky Derby, Barbaro wins.  On TV it was The Catch, Montana-Clark, 49ers-Dallas, 1982

What advice do you have for young people starting out?

Be kind to your colleagues; politics is for the campaign, not for the office and don’t gossip.

What item would you like to buy if it went up for auction and you had the money to afford it?

Hearst Castle. For the view.

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

Consulting, part time.

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