The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America is adding some political star power.
The Washington, D.C.-based organization said today it was hiring former U.S. Representative Sue Myrick as its key policy strategist and congressional insider Thomas Crockett as the association’s director of government and regulatory affairs. The moves comes as the FDRA ramps up its fight to eliminate more than $2.5 billion in duties plaguing the industry.
“Sue had a distinguished career in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 20 years, working with both sides of the aisle to get things done,” said Priest in a statement. “I am extremely excited to add her to our footwear family as a key advisor because I see it as a game changer. She will elevate our name brand across Washington, and will help us make an even stronger case for our priorities directly to her former colleagues.”
For her part, Myrick said in the statement that she is eager to join the fight to lower consumer costs and create jobs.
“I believe we have a moral obligation to eliminate tariffs on footwear because they are a direct hit on the pocketbooks of lower-income and middle class families – people who can least afford it,” she said. “And as a former businessperson myself, I see it as an innovation tax which prevents companies from growing and creating new and higher-quality footwear. 2015 presents our best chance in a decade to pass meaningful trade legislation to eliminate these outdated tariffs. We will not miss any opportunity to tell the industry’s story with House and Senate leaders.”
Crockett will also be a key player on the team.
“We are excited to add Thomas as he helps us manage the day-to-day advocacy and regulatory needs of the industry,” Priest said. “He spent more than five years advising a member of Congress as his chief counsel, and will bring that same experience to FDRA in 2015 and beyond.”