For Immediate Release
Contact: Jon Miller
Ronald Reagan Appointee Ambassador William Casey Endorses Craig Miller
Seminole County Republican businessman Craig Miller, candidate for District 24’s U.S. Congressional Seat, today announced that he has been endorsed by Ambassador William R. Casey Jr. who served as the American Ambassador to the Republic of Niger under President Ronald Reagan from 1981-1985. He is a noted mining engineer who has worked throughout the world on various energy projects involving coal, natural gas, tar sands, oil shale, synthetic fuels, and uranium. Before his appointment Casey was Conoco’s representative on an international tri-party uranium joint venture between the Government of France, the Government of Niger, and Conoco.
When Reagan was elected President, Casey was a natural to fill the slot as Ambassador because he spoke the language, had worked for many years with the government of Niger and knew Niger’s political and economic concerns. He also shared President Reagan’s main diplomatic goal of getting Niger to sign the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty. At the time, Niger was the world’s fifth largest producer of uranium. During his tenure as Ambassador, Casey achieved this important goal. Following this he was a co-owner of a personnel business in Colorado and worked zealously with community leaders to tackle problems involved with workforce readiness and illegal immigration. Today, he lives in Merritt Island with his wife Dionne, where they own a custom picture framing business and he is active in community service though Rotary International and other service groups.
Ambassador Casey commented, “While we have a great field of Republican candidates from which to choose a representative for District 24, Craig Miller has demonstrated his concerns and understanding of not only issues that impact the local level, but has a firm grasp on national issues and our role in the international community. He shares my belief in a sound energy policy acknowledging the vast resources that exist in this country which must be explored and utilized if we are not to be held hostage by an energy policy which puts our fate in the hands of countries not friendly toward us.”
“Few people in the world understand energy policy like Ambassador Casey,” stated Craig Miller. “I am truly grateful for his support and look to reverse course on the current administration’s failure to develop a plan to make us less dependent on foreign oil and use American resources to power the next generation of our energy needs. We should look to expand drilling within the U.S. and further develop the use of nuclear power, clean coal, natural gas, wind, and any other technology which will allow America to be the master of our destiny.”
When Craig was just 13 he went to work washing dishes at the Neptune Restaurant in Rockledge, Florida. He graduated from Cocoa High and served in Vietnam. He was stationed at McCoy and Patrick Air Force Bases. He met his wife Susan while working at the Colony Theater in Winter Park and then graduated from UCF. Craig led Pizzeria Uno and Ruth’s Chris Steak House – creating thousands of jobs and building hundreds of restaurants across America. Craig lives in Seminole County with his wife Susan and is the father of three grown children and one grandchild. His mother and sister still live in Brevard County.
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