Mike Clark Advances to ‘On the Radar’

July 21, 2011

Mike Clark Advances to ‘On the Radar’
Connecticut Republican Candidate Takes Big First Step to Achieving ‘Young Gun’ Status

Washington — The National Republican Congressional Committee today announced Mike Clark as an ‘On the Radar’ candidate, the important first step in the ‘Young Guns’ program. Founded during the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the ‘Young Guns’ program is a Member-driven effort that is the primary method for recruiting strong candidates for both open-seat and challenger races. Clark is running for Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District, which is an open seat because Rep. Chris Murphy is running for U.S. Senate.

“We are looking forward to working with Mike Clark, who has already proven himself by meeting rigorous benchmarks in the ‘Young Guns’ program,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “Mike Clark’s dedication and experience enables him to advocate effectively for pro-growth policies and fight the failed Democrat status quo in Washington. This will stand in stark contrast to Washington’s out-of-touch record of spending, borrowing and taxing that Connecticut families and small businesses know has failed.”

Specifically, the ‘Young Guns’ program encourages candidates who have proven their ability to meet crucial campaign benchmarks to develop their campaigns further in order to achieve victory on Election Day. In achieving ‘On the Radar’ status, Clark has met the first set of these organizational and fundraising benchmarks and has already begun to establish himself as a strong contender. Clark will now work toward even higher goals that will help him advance in the ‘Young Guns’ program and build an effective, winning campaign.

Mike Clark is a three-term Chairman of the Town Council in Farmington and currently a professor at the Henry Lee College of Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven. Previously he served 22 years as a Special Agent in the FBI and was awarded the U.S. Attorney’s Award for investigative excellence in 2005. After his service with the Bureau, he moved to the private sector where he was the manager of international investigations and compliance for Otis Elevator, which employs 60,000 people and conducts business in 200 countries. Altogether, Clark has 35 years of experience in law enforcement, private sector business, and as an elected official.