Cadets travel to D.C. to study the political process
Fifteen cadet members of The Citadel Republican Society traveled to Washington D.C. on Feb. 18 for the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative organizations and speakers.
The conference is hosted by the American Conservative Union Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation that provides research and background information on issues and funds conservative education programs. The conference began in 1973 and has grown into a major event, attracting members of Congress, college activists and political personalities.
During the conference, the cadets attended workshops on conducting grassroots campaigning and fundraising and learned about new media’s role in the political process. They also were able to hear from key political leaders including, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and South Carolina Sen. Jim Demint.
“We were able to see first-hand the need for good principled public servants,” said Cadet Steven Munoz, president of the cadet Republican club. “Often times the notion of going into politics is looked down upon because of the stories of corruption we have heard about.
"Our club holes to foster a better understanding of public service and the lessons of principled leadership so we can prepare a new generation of principled patriots to serve in government,” he said.
The Citadel Republican Society is one of the largest and most active cadets clubs on campus. Members engage in community service, take part in political education and sponsor speakers and events for the campus and greater Charleston community.