Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark

Age

25

School

George Washington University (B.A. and M.A.)

Occupation

Digital Press Secretary, National Republican Congressional Committee

Twitter

@andrewhclark

BIO

Andrew Clark currently works with the team at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) as digital press secretary, directing the committee’s outreach to online conservatives and bridging the gap between communications and digital strategy. Before joining the NRCC, Clark worked as deputy digital rapid response director for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign and as a digital strategist for Gabriel Gomez’s 2013 campaign for the Senate.

 

 

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or another capacity?

There are a lot of conservative young people out there, all over the country. Particularly on college campuses — but also in general social activities — showing your “c” label can be somewhat of a faux pas. Many people get a false impression of what conservatism is from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Getting involved in a public way — whether you’re launching a blog, organizing in your community, or just talking to friends — is critical to removing the stigma that many in our generation feel conservatism has.

 

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

Ronald Reagan took conservatism and successfully turned its principles into solutions for many of the critical problems facing the country in the 1970s and 1980s. But to Millennials today, the Reagan presidency is the past. If we want a conservative message that resonates with Millennials, we have to find ways to clearly communicate how conservative principles can solve our 21st-century problems. Online innovation and digital strategy can help bridge that gap.

 

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

Ideally, in ten years the conservative movement will be wrapping up the second term of a conservative president, and we will be able to embrace a reform-oriented, solutions-based record of governance. Hopefully the movement will be flowing with a new surge of energy from Millennials and other young people who believe in the movement’s conservative principles. Communicating a 21-st century message, and using digital tools to fully energize that message, will be the key.

Thirty Under Thirty – 2014

Polititainment

Colbert wants Scalia to come on his show

The comedian responded to the historic Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage that came down Friday by posting a video to YouTube during which he declares, "Congratulations, gays."

Stewart on Jindal's 2016 'reality show'
Jon Stewart was not impressed by Bobby Jindal’s low-key video announcement of his 2016 candidacy to his kids–while they do things like remark on a passing turtle. “It turns out Jindal’s kids found his presidential announcement less interesting than literally everything else in the backyard,” Stewart remarked. “Hopefully you’ll have a riveting reality show pilot […]
Remy's TSA-themed 'Oops, I did it again'
Remy’s parodies are always on-point, and this time is no exception: a B-Spears-themed skewering of the TSA’s miserable failure rate in country-wide undercover tests, where they couldn’t manage to detect weapons in a stunning 95 percent of cases. Reason even has the lyrics, so you can sing along: Oops, I did it again I missed all […]
Stewart mocks GOP over pope's encyclical
The pope’s new encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, has not been well received by some politically conservative Catholics–and Jon Stewart, sudden expert on Catholic theology, is horrified. The controversial papal letter takes an apocalyptic view on climate change and the state of the world–“Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain”–and calls for an […]
Critic wants to ban 'Gone with the Wind'
New York Post writer Lou Lumenick wants to ban the classic film Gone with the Wind because it portrays the Confederacy in a positive light. Lumenick doesn’t care that the film won eight Academy Awards or that fact that it is the highest grossing film adjusted for inflation in American history. His main crux with the film […]

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2016

Jeb Bush promotes his record on guns, crime

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush campaigned in Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday where he spent his time touting his pro-gun record as governor of Florida.

Hillary Clinton opposed gay marriage in 2004

Hillary Clinton may be celebrating the Supreme Court's historic decision on same-sex marriage that came down Friday, but its worth it for Clinton supporters and critics alike to note that the former secretary of state once voiced her opposition to the legalization of gay marriage.

NBC to Donald Trump: You're fired

NBC Universal announced Monday via a press release that the network would be ending its business relationship with Donald Trump because of his "derogatory statements" about Mexicans in his presidential announcement speech.

Marco Rubio says he supports amnesty
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) was campaigning in Exeter, New Hampshire on Thursday when voters questioned his ever-changing position on immigration. At a candidate’s forum sponsored by WMUR 9, James Allmendinger of Durham, N.H. asked the Florida senator if he supported a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. “I do, but first we’re going to have to […]
Beau Biden urged father to run for president

According to individuals close to the vice president, both of Biden's sons -- Hunter and Beau before his death -- expressed desire for him to make a bid for the presidency in 2016, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Policy

Jeb Bush promotes his record on guns, crime

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush campaigned in Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday where he spent his time touting his pro-gun record as governor of Florida.

Supreme Court upholds lethal injection drug
On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a controversial lethal injection drug used in several botched executions, ruling that its use does not violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. The decision was highly anticipated by death penalty opponents, since a ban on the drug would have jeopardized the continued use of lethal injections. […]
Domino's deliveryman stopped an armed robbery
Slayde Henry, a Domino’s pizza delivery driver, might lose his job after he shot two men that attempted to rob him on Wednesday morning in Hollywood, Fla. The two masked men approached his car outside the pizza store and demanded his money. Henry responded by pulling out his gun and opening fire, killing one man […]
Court deals a blow to gun rights groups in PA
A Pennsylvania court struck down a law that made it easier for gun rights advocates like the National Rifle Association to challenge local gun ordinances. The decision is drawing praise from gun control supporters and scorn from pro-gun groups. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter praised the ruling handed down on Thursday, telling the AP through a spokesman […]
Young people react to same-sex marriage ruling
On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. Here’s what some of the young people gathered outside the court had to say, both before and after the decision.  Before the decision     “My two best friends at home are gay, and I’m really pro-gay marriage and hoping they rule in […]