WASHINGTON, June 28, 2014 – Dan Bongino is running for Congress in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District against incumbent, John Delaney.
Website Quote: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
What we find interesting about Dan Bongino
Bongino is not a career politician. He is a blue-collar working man who was employed by the New York Police Department before becoming a member of the U.S. Secret Service, where he eventually become a member of the elite Presidential Protective Division for three presidential administrations.
Bongino began working toward this campaign in 2011, when he began a “grassroots campaign” for the U.S. Senate as a Republican in the dedicated blue state.
Bongino is married to a first-generation immigrant and has two children. He has master’s degrees in psychology and business administration. Dan grew up over a bar, raised by a working single mother, as his parents divorced when he was young. He has been a successful small business entrepreneur.
He is a frequent commenter and expert for broadcast and published media. He is passionate about American’s right to free speech and human rights. He is a New York Times Bestselling author of “Life Inside the Bubble” His t-shirt slogans are “Got Liberty” and “The Constitution was not a suggestion”.
For Maryland, Bongino’s key issues are Job Growth, Tax Reform and Immigration Reform. Other issues are education, energy and the national debt.
- Decorated Secret Service Agent serving under three presidential administrations
- Lead security representative for the United States for foreign presidential visits
- Small business entrepreneur currently starting his third business venture
- Obtained graduate degrees in both Psychology and Business Administration
- Married to Paula, a first generation immigrant and successful business owner
- Father to Isabel and Amelia
SOCIAL MEDIA AND CAMPAIGN CONTACT INFORMATION
Campaign Address: P.O. Box 1330, Frederick, MD 21702 (No physical office at this time)
Campaign Phone: (410) 924-4577
Campaign Website: www.bongino.com
Campaign Email: [email protected]
Campaign Facebook: facebook.com/dan.bongino
Campaign Twitter: twitter.com/dbongino
Campaign Instagram: instagram.com/dbongino
14 QUESTIONS FOR 2014
Dan Bongino, Running for Congress, Maryland’s 6th Congressional District
1. What do you see as the biggest challenge to Republicans / Democrats in 2014 and 2016?
We need to break through traditional political stereotypes and effectively communicate the Party’s pro-growth message to voters in succinct, actionable steps.
2. What is the biggest issue for voters in Maryland this year and in the presidential election year?
The Affordable Care Act is the most important issue facing the country, given its wide-ranging negative effects.
3. What policy change do you think is the most important change that should be made?
Repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with a leaner, patient-centric model that empowers healthcare consumers, not networks of bureaucrats, is a policy reversal of absolute necessity.
4. Do we repeal, or fix, Obamacare and can either be done?
It must be repealed. The law cannot be fixed with the community rating and guaranteed issue provisions. The economics do not work.
5. What will be the biggest challenge for the next president – Republican or Democrat or Both?
Re-establishing the Constitutional separation of powers in order to ensure that our nation returns to law and order is the most pressing challenge facing the next president. Ironically, it will require him or her to disempower the office to accomplish this goal.
6. Every politician says “reduce waste” and no politician actually does. How do we eliminate the ridiculous waste – from money burned to resources wasted – that is so endemic in Georgia and Washington?
We must move toward an incentive-based model at the first line management level where cost savings and productivity enhancements are rewarded. To deter unproductive cuts, the federal employee evaluation process should include the opportunity to evaluate management.
7. Every American is affected, one-way or another, by wages. Why is, or isn’t, minimum wage hikes a positive next step for America?
The customers who choose to spend money at business locations of their choice pay the wages. Mainstream economists clear and rarely question the economics of mandatory wage floors. When wages are forced higher by government dictate, either employees are laid off or prices are raised to compensate for the increase costs.
8. Are the very rich a problem or is it that we have too many of the working or very poor?
We do have a growing income gap problem, and that has been made far worse by liberal policies. Our “highest in the industrialized world” corporate tax, combined with government spending that crowds out private sector investment and the lack of educational opportunities in struggling communities, due to the lack of school choice, are creating a toxic brew of escalating economic inequality.
9. In detail, what steps would you take to create a leadership position for the United States in the global energy marketplace?
- Immediately open up federally owned land to responsible energy development.
- Demand that the EPA create a cost-benefit rubric based on real, rather than theoretical costs, before instituting any new energy insight regulations.
- Immediately suspend crony capitalist subsidies to wealthy alternative energy developers who have been using our tax dollars to enrich themselves, and not to develop new sources of energy.
10. Do you agree with President Obama’s move to make America less than the preeminent world power, to level the playing field between US, Western Europe and the Middle East?
America is not the world’s police force and Europe must stop relying on our military as a de facto defense subsidy. Although I will always support a robust national defense, I will not support foreign intervention unless there is an immediate national security interest for the United States.
11. Which Federal government agencies would you eliminate to reduce wasted costs?
There are billions of taxpayer dollars available within the Dept. of Education that should be returned to the states for school construction and parent-choice based programs.
12. What is your position about the United States’ role in the world…..A shining city on the hill or just another large country?
The United States is an exceptional nation; believing otherwise is ignoring history and our economic and military position in the world.
13. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
14. Do you and your family attend church, temple or other religious services on a weekly basis? If so, why and do you think voters have a right to ask?
Yes, my family attends church on a weekly basis. I do believe that voters have the right to ask whatever they wish; I work for them.