Javier Manjarres | May 6, 2020
To become the next member of Congress in Florida’s ultra-red 3rd congressional district, which is currently represented by retiring Rep. Ted Yoho (R), a candidate must first be able to raise money and garner the support of the district’s Conservative Republican voter base.
Yoho’s former Deputy Chief of Staff Kat Cammack has been able to raise enough cash to be competitive, and now with the endorsement of Sen. Rand Paul (R) and today’s announcement that The Tea Party Express has endorsed her candidacy, Cammack is checking off all the boxes to a congressional nomination.
The conservative group’s co-founder and chief strategist Sal Russo had a lot to say about Cammack:
“During his four terms in Congress, Congressman Ted Yoho has been a stalwart advocate for Tea Party principles. We cannot think of a better person to succeed Congressman Yoho than his Deputy Chief of Staff, Kat Cammack, who has worked tirelessly at his side for many years. Yoho is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, and he has fought to curb the power of federal bureaucracy, lower taxes, and slash wasteful spending. While we are sad to lose a stalwart conservative like Ted in Congress, we thank him for his leadership and commend him for remaining true to his pledge to only serve four terms. “When the Tea Party Express bus first rolled through Florida, Kat was one of the first people to enthusiastically greet us, and we were impressed by her leadership abilities on the grassroots level and her embrace of Tea Party principles. Having grown up on a cattle ranch and worked in her family’s small businesses, Kat witnessed the failures of overregulation and high taxes firsthand. Her disillusion with the failures of heavy-handed government led her to become involved in politics. Serving alongside Congressman Yoho since the day he was elected, Kat led his efforts to implement policies that encourage investment and create jobs. She is not afraid to stand up to business as usual in Washington, and she will be a strong voice for fiscal restraint and economic freedom. “With Democrats falsely laying blame for the coronavirus at President Trump’s feet and using it to advance their big government agenda, it is critical to elect conservatives to Congress. The liberals’ appetite for running up the deficit through pork barrel spending and left-wing social programs only undermines our economic recovery and drives up the federal budget deficit. We need conservative leaders like Kat Cammack who understand that government must stop the irresponsible spending and get out of the way so that entrepreneurs and job creators can put America back to work again,” Russo concluded.
Cammack responded to the endorsement:
“Earning the support of our conservative grassroots is crucial to winning an election in this district. I am proud to be running a strong campaign focused on supporting President Trump, building the wall, protecting the Second Amendment, and defending life. These crucial issues are the same that grassroots conservatives across the country are advocating for every day. I have spent many years fighting alongside our grassroots activists and am proud to continue to do so in this campaign.
“I truly appreciate the Tea Party Express’ endorsement and I am thankful for their support in our race.”