There is little surprise that Rep. Curt Clawson (R) was tapped to give the Tea Party response to the President’s State of the Union address next Tuesday night.
The millionaire businessman championed conservative principles and values during his 2014 special congressional election to replace former Congressman Trey Radel. Clawson beat the more establishment Republican opponent in that primary race, state Senator Lizbeth Benaquisto with the help of the Tea Party, and then moved on to defeat the Democrat nominee in the special general election.
The Tea Party Express, who hosted the first Tea Party SOTU addresses, put out this statement about Clawson’s response to the President:
Tea Party Express Executive Director Taylor Budowich, “2015 marks a year of new beginnings for the Tea Party movement. With historic victories in both the House and Senate, conservatives are poised to push a bold, reform-minded agenda through Congress. These new Tea Party members of Congress are brimming with ideas to make America economically stronger with opportunity for all to realize the American Dream. We are honored to present Florida Congressman Curt Clawson, the first Tea Party Express victory for the 2014 cycle, as someone committed to making Congress deliver for the American people.
“Despite some recent good economic news, our economy still continues to under-perform because of the constant taxing and over-burdening regulations on job creation. Too many Americans have given up looking for jobs, are under-employed or mired in economic stress. Currently, over 90% of all counties in America have yet to return to pre-recession unemployment rates. The economic inequality that Obama professes to care about is now worse. The answer is not more government, but more private sector job growth. And, with $18 trillion in debt, it’s no wonder why voters chose a new vision for our future.
“Congressman Curt Clawson represents the face of this new, conservative vision for America’s economic renewal. Clawson never envisioned serving his country in Congress earlier in his life, but after he retired decided to take his private sector, solutions-based ideas to change the debate on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining Congress in 2014, Congressman Clawson was a successful business leader that took over a multinational company that was $2 billion in debt. Through his vision and leadership, he turned the company around and saved close to 600 American jobs.
“Clawson, a former Purdue University basketball co-captain, understands the importance of teamwork and bringing people together to win. His response will highlight the importance of the Republican Party to branch out from the narrow walls of yesterday’s GOP. He will articulate an inclusive message that focuses on providing economic liberty and individual opportunity for every American. We are proud to be partnering with Congressman Clawson, and we are excited to hear his response to President Obama on Tuesday night.
“Our response will immeditately follow the Republican response being delivered by Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa. As a candidate that earned Tea Party Express’ endorsement during her primary, we applaud the GOP’s choice of profiling another fresh conservative leader that is committed to America’s restoration.” Budowich concluded.