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For Clark Durant: Michigan’s Senate GOP race

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 27, 2012 12:36 PM

You’ll recall that I published my first round of Senate GOP endorsements last month. As I wrote on 2/15: “While fiscal conservatives remain split over the GOP presidential candidates, grassroots activists are coalescing around a stellar slate of limited-government candidates looking to reinforce and reenergize the right in Washington.”

Here’s another.

Clark Durant is running for Senate in Michigan to challenge decrepit, entrenched incumbent Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Durant is relentless, tireless, and entrepreneurial. He’s passionate about charter schools and education reform — and he has a track record of success with the inner-city Cornerstone charter schools he co-founded in Detroit. He’s got experience in both the private sector and academia. He’s the father of four, served in the military, and worked in the Reagan administration. Read more about him here.

The establishment GOP favorite in the race, Pete Hoekstra, may have bigger PAC donors and name recognition. But Durant has the backing of a growing number of state and national movement conservatives, along with top-notch campaign organization and fund-raising muscle.

Tea Party favorite Sen. Mike Lee, who ousted big-spending GOP Sen. Bob Bennett from Utah, backs Durant:

“Clark Durant and I will be partners in Washington D.C. to work for constitutionally limited government. We need deep cuts in wasteful government spending, a real balanced budget amendment, and a sustained effort to return to states those functions they can do best,” said Senator Lee.

Senator Lee is a rising leader in the U.S. Senate and has established himself as a real force for constitutionally limited government. According to Politico, “(Senator Lee has) emerged as the second-most-important conservative go-to guy in the Senate….A spokesman for Senator Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund had
only high praise for Lee, as a senator who is willing to ‘stick his neck out’ for conservative candidates and ‘buck the establishment’ “

“Senator Lee is a new voice on the national scene, but one of the real champions for constitutionally limited government. He challenges the irresponsible debt and
spending culture in Washington. I am eager fight the good fight alongside Senator Lee if the people of Michigan honor me with that opportunity.” said Clark Durant.

Hillsdale College president Larry Arnn also weighed in for Durant:

Hillsdale College President, Dr. Larry Arnn, endorsed Clark Durant for Michigan’s United States Senate seat. Arnn issued a video message http://youtu.be/Qt21q7tXrSY “speaking as a citizen, not on behalf of the College,” stating, “This is an unusual time. It calls for very unusual people…”

After taping the video, Arnn added: “In these unusual times, we need a principled leader, an outsider, to challenge a broken Washington D.C. and return to the principles upon which our country was founded.”

“I have known Clark Durant for more than ten years. He helped start our flagship publication called Imprimis. He did things that live with the college today, that are important to it….we’re very proud of the work he did.”

Arnn concluded the video by saying: “I think Durant would be a superb Senator. I’m going to support him and you should too.”

Dr. Arnn, an historian and renowned Winston Churchill scholar, discussed the U.S. Senate race in the context of the great constitutional debates facing our country. Arnn praised Durant’s commitment to limited, representative, constitutional government.

Arnn recalled Durant’s campaign announcement pamphlet titled “Freedom Works,” http://www.clarkdurant.com/2012/01/11/freedom-works/ saying: “The thing is beautiful. He’s on to the point: It’s more than the vast expanse of modern government. It’s about the very ability of the people to control the government. He cares about that a lot and knows something about it.”

Entrenched incumbency is the disease. Fresh blood is the cure. Clark Durant would bring a whirlwind of new energy to Capitol Hill and provide much-needed reinforcement to the conservative contingent in the Senate.

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