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Tom McCabe wins national Ronald Reagan award

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Feb. 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
February 14, 2011 4:11 pm

The national Conservative Political Action Conference bestowed its 2011 Ronald Reagan Award on Tom McCabe of Olympia over the weekend.

The award, announced by CPAC chairman David A. Keene in Washington, D.C., recognizes each year “a conservative leader fighting in the trenches for the principles embodied by Ronald Reagan,” the group said in a news release after its yearly Reagan banquet.

In a sign of the hard-right yen of the group, attendees also voted in a presidential straw poll for libertarian-leaning Texas Congressman Ron Paul, giving him 30 percent of the vote. Runner-up was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 23 percent.

McCabe, known around Olympia for his bare-knuckle political tactics that earned him purported death threats from a Republican state senator, resigned as executive vice president of the Olympia-based Building Industry Association of Washington in December after building it over 20 years into a formidable political and lobbying force in Olympia.

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