Jimmy’s Vision

Dear friends and Maryland citizens,

Years ago I worked for Toyota creating its regional ad campaigns. My first day on the job my boss pulled me aside and said,  “This should be an easy job for you … you’re selling a great product.”  That remark has always stuck with me, mainly because he was right.  What conservatism is and how it is used to win elections are similar.  It’s a great product/message; that’s why so many candidates run on being conservatives.  Religious and individual liberty, limited government, property rights, border security, representative government, freedom from oppression, parental sovereignty, national sovereignty are tenets of conservatism.  We treasure the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights because we believe these documents mandate what the government can’t do, not what the government must provide.

What has always perplexed me is how candidates run on these principles because they think doing so will help them win then abandon those very same principles as soon as they are elected.  We the people are told we are “too conservative,” the fringe right.  The problem isn’t that “we” are too conservative; it’s that those we put in power don’t believe in these values or in many cases never understood them in the first place.  So we end up with RINOS (Republicans In Name Only) in office and keep re-electing them because, hey, it’s better than the alternative.  If you stand for nothing you fall for anything, and that’s what we are seeing right here in Maryland’s 42.

For more than a decade over the airwaves I have prided myself on holding politicians accountable and hosting conversations with my fellow Marylanders who are frustrated with the lack of a representative government. Many just don’t believe their votes are mirrored at the county and state levels, and they would be right.  I pride myself on always being an unwavering conservative voice, not just when it’s convenient.  I am asking to serve you as your state senator to turn that voice into a vote.

 The one thing our Founding Fathers could not foresee -- they were farmers, professional men, businessmen giving of their time and effort to an idea that became a country -- was a nation governed by professional politicians who had an interest in getting re-elected. They probably envisioned a fellow serving a couple of hitches and then eagerly looking forward to getting back to the farm.


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