We are proud to be the first major national organization to endorse Clark Durant for Senate in Michigan. While his poll numbers don’t yet reflect his momentum gain, he is poised to surge ahead of moderate Pete Hoekstra once he gains full name ID. The Weekly Standard has taken notice of him, and offers a pretty solid glimpse into a man who could join our small but strong force of Tea Party senators in Washington.
“If you’re going to defeat someone in politics, you have to offer a clear choice. And like Debbie, Pete has voted for all of these increases in spending and debt—he’s tied into thousand of earmarks and the bridge to nowhere. So is Debbie,” says Durant. “Pete voted for the Wall Street bailout, and the people in Michigan do not think that is a very good idea—rewarding the irresponsible behavior of bankers with their money. Pete voted for that. Even Debbie didn’t vote for that.”
Durant has impressive movement conservative credentials: He was a founder of the widely-circulated Hillsdale College publication Imprimis and worked in the Reagan administration as chairman of the Legal Services Corporation. He later served founder and CEO of Cornerstone charter schools in Detroit and president of Michigan’s State Board of Education. Durant has also won the endorsements of Utah senator Mike Lee, a Tea Party favorite, and former Michigan GOP senator and George W. Bush’s Energy secretary Spencer Abraham. “He’s a true Reagan conservative who has been part of the conservative intellectual movement for three decades,” Abraham says of Durant. “I think Michigan can be in play. I think to do it they need to have the ability to draw contrasts with Stabenow.”
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