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

Sheen weighs in on being Trump's VP
Don’t rule out a Trump/Sheen 2016 ticket just yet. Just as you thought that Donald Trump’s candidacy couldn’t get any more sensationalized, actor Charlie Sheen responded to fellow actor Owen Wilson comparing him to Trump. Sheen very epically, of course, responded on Twitter. Through his prose, he mentioned that Wilson’s comments were taken out of context, but […]
Owen Wilson: Trump is like Charlie Sheen
Owen Wilson might be a staunch liberal, but like the rest of the political world right now, he only has eyes for one candidate — Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. “Like everybody, I watched the GOP debates—and I don’t know the last time I watched debates,” he told The Daily Beast. “It’s usually almost like a football game—when […]
Stevie Wonder advocates for gun control
Stevie Wonder should have learned from the Dixie Chicks to just “shut up and sing.” The NY Post reported that during his Central Park concert on Monday he got serious about the issue of gun control. “As much as we have made some incredible strides, we have also really gone to this crazy place, like them […]
Heidi Klum responds to Trump's insult
While Donald Trump usually insults people by referring to them as “losers,” he tried to hit supermodel and TV host Heidi Klum where it hurt. In an interview with Maureen Dowd that took more than a few twists and turns, Trump commented, “Heidi Klum. Sadly, she’s no longer a 10.” Klum posted a short video […]
Rapper Azealia Banks hates Donald Trump
Rapper Azealia Banks hates a lot of things. Topping her list is, of course, “everything about this country,” especially “fat white Americans,” but now it seems she has a new target — Donald Trump. Apparently, wanting to be president of the country she hates makes you worthy of her ire. Banks is also not one […]

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2016

Paul suggests 'Black Lives Matter' change name
Yes, we still have to talk about whether it’s “Black Lives Matter” or “All Lives Matter.” GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul has joined in on the discussion as to what we should call this movement. During a Wednesday night segment on Fox News’ Hannity, host Sean Hannity voiced his view that Paul, “more than any candidate in […]
Carson wants Veteran's Affairs rolled into DoD
Ben Carson wants to abolish the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and put its services under the Department of Defense. Carson blamed the recent decline of military volunteers on national perception of the low level of care for veterans during his appearance yesterday on The Dave Ramsey Show. He didn’t comment on the effect that 14 […]
Voters play word association about the candidates
When voters think of Hillary Clinton, they think “liar.” Other top associated words weren’t as flattering either, for her or some GOP candidates, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. The top five words for Clinton were “liar,” “dishonest,” “untrustworthy,” “experience,” and “strong.” That could explain her level of support, as she only garnered 45 percent […]
Hillary compares pro-lifers to terrorists
Pro-life Republicans and terrorist groups apparently have something in common. At least, according to Hillary Clinton they do. Clinton’s remarks started off as typical for a politician who supports and is supported by the abortion movement. She took stabs at GOP presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and John Kasich, the governor of the state where she […]
Did Clinton campaign violate election law?
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Action released its first video Wednesday, highlighting potential election law violations by the Hillary Clinton campaign. Project Veritas sent people undercover as Clinton volunteers to see what was really going on behind the scenes. “And so that’s why I want to keep like our primary focus on, ‘Hey are you a Hillary supporter?’ […]

Policy

Trump and Fiorina slam left's reaction to shooting
When Dylann Roof was motivated by racial hatred to commit mass murder, liberals looked to ban the Confederate Flag, which the killer had hanging in his bedroom. So when Bryce Williams, a gay black man, murdered two of his former colleagues because he was motivated by race and sexual identity, the left quickly demanded every […]
Bid to game local vote for tax in Miss. goes wrong
A local Missouri election with only one registered voter is an unambiguous example of when voting actually matters. The city of Columbia, Missouri created a new district with no registered voters to avoid an election on a sales tax. With no voters in the district, the decision would go to property owners “with a financial […]
Wisconsin faculty oppose ban on selling baby parts
Wisconsin lawmakers have acted to ban the sale of fetal parts from aborted babies, but not all are on board with the proposal. The proposal for the ban came from GOP Reps. Andre Jacque and Joel Kleefisch in response to videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. Such videos featured top Planned Parenthood employees […]
Wal-Mart will no longer sell AR-15s
Somewhere in Michigan, Michael Moore is treating himself to an extra bowl of ice cream at the announcement that Wal-Mart will no longer sell AR-15s. The largest retailer in America made the announcement Wednesday that their stores will no longer carry the AR-15 and other semi-automatic rifles because they do not sell very well, reported […]
CO GOP lawmakers want Planned Parenthood investigation
Various Colorado officials have refused to investigate Planned Parenthood, but GOP lawmakers aren’t giving up. Despite being against abortion, the state Attorney General, Cynthia Coffman, said she won’t investigate Planned Parenthood. She defended her move by saying that the final decision is with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The department told local news […]