Who is Clint Didier?
I’ve been doing a very bad job of paying attention to local politics. For instance, I didn’t even know the Washington State Republican convention was this past Saturday, until someone tweeted it. That’s the danger of political activism online; it’s a whole world out there. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget to think locally.
When I took a gander at the Seattle Times this morning, I was pleased to note they had a brief article on the convention, and even more so when the article was titled “Tea party shows its strength at GOP convention.”
The article talked about front-runner, Dino Rossi, but mentioned someone I’d barely heard of, a former NFL player named Clint Didier, who is a Tea Party favorite and has the endorsement of none other than recent primary king (and queen) maker, Sarah Palin.
Great. But who is he? I did a little research.
Mr. Didier played for two NFL teams: the Washington Redskins (1982-1987), and the Green Bay Packers (1988-1989). He helped the Redskins win two Super Bowls. (Source: Wikipedia) Mr. Didier has roots in Washington; it’s where he grew up, on a farm near Eltopia. Since his retirement from football, the Didier family has returned to the area, and Clint now operates a family farm near Pasco. He also owns an excavation company, is active in local politics, and is a long-time member of the WA State Farm Bureau. (Source: Clint Didier for US Senate)
Aside from having ties to the community, Didier seems to have strong, core conservative principles.
“Those who say the Constitution is no longer valid today simply do not understand it is a set of established principles. Principles put in place to protect an earlier set of values spelled out in our Declaration of Independence. In football terminology, not following our Constitution would be like throwing out all of the basics of football and still hoping to win the game. Any football coach will tell you when his team begins to flounder and lose on the field; he turns them back to the basics. That is where America needs to go today – back to our Constitutional precepts.” (Source: Clint Didier for US Senate)
But where does he stand on the issues?
- On the economy – “I can’t spend myself into prosperity.” Check.
- On Healthcare – “The government has no place in anybody’s health care.” Check.
- On Immigration – “The problem isn’t immigration. The problem is illegal immigration… We have enough laws on the books. We need a workable guest worker program.” O…K… Check.
- On Government Growth – “We should limit government in its size and scope, as our founding fathers intended.” Yay!
- On Foreign Policy – Support the troops. Get out of the UN. Believe in free trade, but NAFTA is not free trade. Wikipedia mentions this guy is an isolationist, similar to Ron Paul, and he does reiterate the views of Jefferson and Washington, who sought to avoid unnecessary “entanglements” in foreign affairs. He doesn’t give enough detail here to confirm the isolationist viewpoint, however. I liked what he did say.
- On Energy – Drill. De-regulate. Investigate other forms of energy. Re-start Nuclear program. OK. I pretty much agree here.
- On the 2nd Amendment – “I am in full support of our Constitution. That includes the 2nd Amendment.” Mr. Didier is an NRA member. Check.
- On Agriculture – “Taxes and regulation are destroying the family farm… 50% of our food supply comes from foreign nations. We’ve become dependent on foreign oil. Do we want to become dependent on foreign food?” Check. Check. Check. However, Wikipedia does point out Didier receives government farm subsidies, though small in comparison with his costs.
- On Social Issues – Pro-life. Pro-traditional marriage. Hardly anything revelatory there, coming from someone who wants a GOP nomination.
And, Didier has made a pledge regarding taxation and regulation:
“Cutting taxes and over-reaching regulations spurs economic growth and vitality. That is why I have pledged — in writing — I will not vote for any new taxes, or any increases in existing taxes. We are all taxed more than enough! We don’t have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem.”
(Source for all the above: Clint Didier for US Senate)
It’s no wonder Clint Didier received such widespread support at the convention Saturday, outshining even Rossi. With Didier’s strong Constitutional and conservative principles, and his lack of a political legacy appealing to grass roots conservatives like the Tea Party, Didier is emerging as a very real contender.
Does he have the power to defeat the “Senator in Sneakers”, incumbent Patty Murray? I guess, as we approach the primaries in August, the first question is, do Washington state conservatives believe it?
I encourage you to click on the links above, visit his site, and decide for yourself.