ICYMI: Rand Paul endorses Curt Clawson in CD 19 primary

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Calling it “the biggest day yet” in his campaign, Curt Clawson received another high-profile national GOP endorsement in his bid for Florida’s 19th Congressional District, this time from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

Paul — whom the campaign referred to as a “staunch fighter for freedom, liberty and the U.S. Constitution” – was a co-sponsor and early supporter of former U.S. Rep. Connie Mack’s unsuccessful Penny Plan, now reborn as part of Clawson’s goal of growing the economy by 5 percent annually, while eliminating the debt and deficit.

“Washington is desperate for outside leadership,” the Kentucky Senator said in a statement issued Monday. “Curt Clawson is an outsider who will bring refreshing ideas to the halls of Congress.

“Today I proudly stand with Curt Clawson in his quest to restore fiscal stability and common sense government. Curt will staunchly stand with me in defending the Constitution. I urge the voters of Florida’s 19th Congressional District to send Curt to Washington.”

In response, Clawson called Paul the “leading voice for freedom, liberty and the United States Constitution in the United States Congress.

“Simply put, this is the biggest day yet of this campaign.”

Early voting began Saturday in CD 19 for the April 22 Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned in January.

Clawson faces State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, currently Florida Senate Majority Leader, Dr. Paige Kreegel, a former state Representative, and aviation authority Dr. Michael Dreikorn. The winner will face Democrat April Freeman, Libertarian Party Ray Netherwood and write-in candidate Timothy Rossano in the June 24 general election.

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