Conservative star recruited by old friend

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Buck Sexton commits for Craven GOP dinner

Buck Sexton with President Trump in the Oval Office.

By Guy D. Smith

NEW YORK CITY – I first met Buck Sexton when we were six-years-old. We attended Saint David’s School, a Catholic boys school in New York City. From kindergarten through eighth grade, we were classmates, teammates on sports teams, and friends. Without a doubt, Buck was the smartest student in our class.

I studied hard but despite my best efforts, I was never the top student. From the time we started receiving grades, Buck was number 1 and I was number 2. I got used to it. To add insult to injury, Buck was cool and popular. I recall he was friends with a girl named Ivanka Trump. I was awfully jealous.

In high school we went our separate ways. I attended a boarding school in Massachusetts while Buck went to the Regis School — a highly selective Jesuit boys High School located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Seen here during a trip to Venice, Italy in 1996, Buck Sexton, left, and Guy Smith have been friends since childhood.

After excelling at Regis, Buck went to Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. That meant he was right down the road, as I attended Williams College in nearby Williamstown. There, I played ice hockey and baseball. Our respective colleges are rivals in just about everything but especially sports. I always enjoyed looking up into the stands and seeing Buck rooting against my hockey and baseball teams when we visited Amherst.

After College, Buck joined the CIA as an intelligence analyst in Iraq and Afghanistan. After serving our country, Buck served the city we grew up in. From 2009-2011, Buck worked for the New York Police Department intelligence division working on counter-terrorism cases.

Sexton hosts a popular show on the i-HEART radio network.

These days Buck is a nationally syndicated radio host on iHeartMedia. He is a frequent contributor on Fox News and has sat in for the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck as host of their respective shows in their absence. Buck is a brilliant young conservative. He is articulate, witty and insightful. It is a matter of time before he has a show of his own on Fox News in prime time.

I am proud to call Buck Sexton a friend. I am proud of his service to our country. I am proud of what he is doing for conservative principles on the radio. I am thrilled to play a small part of bringing him to New Bern for the Reagan Day Dinner on Aug. 14. If you have not already bought your tickets, please do so. Buck is going to light it up.

Editor’s note: For ticket information, please call Chadwick Howard at (217) 766-7322.