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Curt Clawson Explains Why He Backed Rand Paul for House Speaker

U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Fla., voted on Tuesday for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to be speaker of the House.

Clawson explained his vote after U.S. House Speaker John Boehner kept the gavel.

Today marked the time for a more conservative, more streamlined and less deal-making way of doing business on Capitol Hill, Clawson said. In business we call this a new set of eyes. In politics they call us the outsiders. That is why I supported my fellow outsider, Sen. Rand Paul, as an alternative choice to be the speaker of the House. Like much of the new blood elected to Congress in recent years, Rand Paul and I share the view that Washington is too big and that protecting our Constitution is paramount. How ironic that viewpoint is now considered outsider, by some.

Clawson laid out his case against Boehner and the Republican leadership.

My disappointment came to a critical mass in last Decembers Cromnibus legislation, which included increased donations for the political parties, allowing the interests of K Street to rise over the concerns of Main Street, Clawson said. Additionally, I was disappointed that the legislation supported funding to untested Muslim rebels in Syria to carry out the mission of defeating ISIS, while nothing in the legislation was done to end the presidents unconstitutional executive amnesty. To me, this was unacceptable and mirrored the lack of vision in the administration's foreign policy.

On the major issues facing our nation, since I took office last June, I have been disappointed time and again by the deals cut that do not reflect the values of Southwest Florida, Clawson insisted. I made the frustrations of my district known loud and clear today.

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