Republican Rebekah Johansen Bydlak (a former Rare contributor and personal friend) is seeking an open seat in Florida’s 1st Congressional District and has been endorsed by former Congressman Ron Paul and Rep. Justin Amash, two heroes to constitutional conservatives and libertarians.
Now she’s also picked up the endorsement of longtime conservative movement activist and leader Morton Blackwell.
“Rebekah Johansen Bydlak is a brilliant, principled, energetic constitutional advocate. I am pleased to endorse her for Congress in Florida’s 1st Congressional District,” said Blackwell on Tuesday in a statement released by the Bydlak campaign.
“I ran Ronald Reagan’s national youth effort in 1980, and I’ve spent my adult life teaching conservatives how to succeed in the public policy process,” Blackwell’s statement continued. “Rebekah is truly outstanding. She would be a sensational new Member of Congress,” he added.
Blackwell is a former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and he founded the conservative activist training organization The Leadership Institute (LI) in 1979 (full disclosure: I’ve been affiliated with LI in the past), the purpose of which was to “increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists” and also to “identify, train, recruit and place conservatives in politics, government, and media.”
Bydlak has both received training from LI and taught sessions for the organization.
Pensacola News Journal’s Andy Marlette has said of Bydlak after a debate in June, “Want to improve politics? Bydlak is a prototype for the sort of young, smart and informed human beings that the country is going to need more of if we’re going to avoid repeating the fate of the Roman Empire.”
“She will support small government, defend life, and fight to lower spending and debt,” Blackwell said of Bydlak. “I urge committed conservatives in Florida’s 1st District to support Rebekah,” he added.