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

Who will Donald Trump choose as his VP?
Now that he is the presumptive nominee, all eyes are focused on who Donald Trump will pick as his running mate. With Trump’s celebrity status and his supporter base, Jimmy Kimmel suggested Trump could hold a reality show to pick the candidate. Vice President Island will feature “20 amazing Trump supporters.” Instead of his tagline of “you’re […]
Hungry for Power Games: Bye Cruz, Kasich
Now that the GOP race is down to its presumptive nominee, Stephen Colbert treated viewers to a double edition of “Hungry for Power Games” on Wednesday’s The Late Show. John Kasich was the last to suspend his campaign Wednesday, though Colbert quickly forgot about him. “Yes, John Kasich has ended his bid for the White House. […]
Colbert mocks Kasich til the bitter end
John Kasich will suspend his campaign, but is doing so after weeks of losing. He not only trailed behind Trump in the delegate count, but also Marco Rubio, who dropped out five weeks ago. “It’s like the old saying, quitters never win, but they still beat John Kasich,” Stephen Colbert said during Tuesday’s The Late Show.  Kasich’s Super PAC […]
Heidi addresses Zodiac Killer theory
The crazy conspiracy theory that Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer has gained attention from Cruz’s wife. “Well, I’ve been married to him for 15 years, and I know pretty well who he is, so it doesn’t bother me at all. There’s a lot of garbage out there,” she told Yahoo! Heidi also believes such material is […]
Presidential Trump is drowsy
Donald Trump has given America a glimpse of how he’ll lead as president: in a drowsy state of mine. In the latest installment of “On the Road to the White House,” Stephen Colbert discussed Super Tuesday 4 on Wednesday’s The Late Show. Tuesday will eventually be known as “Day 1 Year Zero of Before Trump Time,” Colbert claimed. In […]

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2016

Dear Donald: Don't dump entitlement reform
It’s clear to most people who know or understand Speaker Paul Ryan why he is withholding his endorsement of Donald Trump: his career in Congress has been all about advocating for entitlement reform. Back when he was an outsider and back-bencher, Republicans called his plan the “third rail.” Well, just a few years later, his […]
Hundreds of Hispanics protest Clinton in L.A.
Hillary Clinton has been hispandering for months. She declared that she listened to Spanish music, carried hot sauce in her purse, referred to herself as an “abuela”, and said she would declare America open to any illegal immigrants who crossed the border. Nonetheless, young Hispanics still dislike her. The Hill reported that hundreds of young Hispanics […]
GOP rift: Who's on team Trump?
The Republican Party faces a watershed moment, as Donald Trump virtually locked up the GOP nomination this week. Pundits are quick to throw around the term “circular firing squad,” but that’s not a wholly accurate depiction of the fighting factions. It may have been a circular firing squad when there were 17 Republican candidates in […]
Does a Rand Paul VP pick make sense for Trump?
Vocativ analyzed a huge Reddit conversation among Trump supporters to get a snapshot of who Trump supporters want as his vice presidential nominee. In a thread with more than 4,300 posts, the most-mentioned candidate was Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, followed by Florida Senator Marco Rubio. We’ve already weighed the value of adding Rubio to the […]
Bernie Sanders minimum wage claims: 'Mostly false'
In arguing for his $15 minimum wage hike, Bernie Sanders skews an economic study to say the increase would reduce federal assistance and welfare. “Increasing the min. wage to $15 an hour would reduce spending on food stamps, public housing and other programs by over $7.6 billion a year,” Sanders tweeted. When Politifact questioned the […]

Policy

DC trying to evict family's chickens
An anonymous complaint has led to a standoff between the D.C. city government and a family who wants to keep their chickens. Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Minnie Mouse, India, and Red are chickens kept in the backyard of Allison Sheedy and Daniel McInnis in northwest D.C. They give the family fresh eggs, give their children the opportunity […]
Bad news for grads: job growth hits 3-year low
American private job growth has hit a three-year low, bad news for college graduates about to enter the workforce with student loans. “Businesses added 156,000 jobs in April, down from 194,000 in March. Manufacturers shed 11,000 jobs, after losing 3,000 the previous month. Services firms added 166,000, down from 189,000,” according to The New York […]
Are these new regulations the end of e-cigarettes?
A state and federal campaign against e-cigarettes threatens to restrict and ban them, though they’re a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. In California on Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed “a package of bills” that increase the legal smoking age to 21 while adding restrictions, regulations, and prohibitions for e-cigarettes and tobacco products, according to The […]
Suspended conservative professor sues Marquette
Professor John McAdams, who was suspended at Marquette University over a blog post defending traditional marriage, has followed through on seeking legal counsel and is suing the school. McAdams wrote a blog post standing up for a student who expressed views in support of traditional marriage in an ethics class. He argued that the student was censored […]
Georgia governor vetoes campus carry bill
Georgians will have to hope for better luck next year if they wish to carry guns on campus. Republican Governor Nathan Deal vetoed House Bill 859 on Tuesday, which would have allowed permit holders 21 years old and over to carry guns on campus. The bill contained exceptions for residence halls, Greek houses, and sporting events. In […]