Caldwell to speak in Washington, D.C.
by Megan Thornton
March 14, 2013 12:00 AM | 2727 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
State Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock) is heading to Washington, D.C., this week to speak at a panel featuring the top young conservatives in the United States.

Caldwell, who represents House District 20, will be the first to speak Saturday at the 10 Conservatives Under 40 panel held at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“I’m looking forward to seeing faces I usually only see on television,” Caldwell said Wednesday. “I’m honored. It’s a really neat opportunity.”

Held Thursday through Saturday, CPAC is recognized as the world’s largest conference of right-leaning leaders.

The 23-year-old is the youngest elected member in the Georgia House of Representatives and will also be the youngest on the panel.

During the panel, the Etowah High School graduate and Kennesaw State University alum said he hopes to challenge an idea he constantly hears, and one most would generally consider sound advice: Living in the realm of possibility.

He plans to use his story —getting elected at 23 years old — as a prime example to combat the myth and encourage Republicans to think bigger.

“Let’s not box ourselves in to what we consider possible,” he said. “We watch Democrats do it all the time and I think too often we get caught in what’s possible instead of going forward and pushing the edge.”

Caldwell, who also works as a sales manager for Python Safety Inc., has already defied convention in posting both a legislative tracker, which tallies his votes, and a campaign finance tracker, which counts every penny donated to his campaign, on his campaign website.

“Over the last month, the website logged over 100 hours of people viewing that part of the website,” he said.

Caldwell said he hopes to learn from leaders throughout the nation while at the convention and also share with others the issues he and other Georgia legislators are facing.

“I’m excited about what we’re doing in Georgia,” he said. “We can stand on our principals, push the envelope, fight for what we believe in and fight for the bills we want passed.”

Caldwell’s legislative aide Tori Wester, who will also be at the nation’s capitol for CPAC, said Caldwell still plans to host his weekly coffee with constituents while in D.C.

“Everyone can still meet at Copper Coin,” Wester said. “They’ll be setting up a projector screen and we’ll talk via Google Hangout and try to put it up on Facebook.”

The weekly coffee held at the Woodstock coffee shop is part of Caldwell’s campaign promise to constituents. Wester said some weeks, only about four or five people show up and other weeks she’s seen upwards of 20 people.

“With it not being an election year, to have that many people interested is just awesome,” Wester said.

To get an update from Caldwell during CPAC, head to Copper Coin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
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