From the Rick for Congress Committee:
Rick for Congress: Impallaria Announces Candidacy for 2nd Congressional District (MD)
After careful consideration and overwhelming encouragement from friends, family and other supporters, I am proud and humbled to announce my decision to run for Congress against Dutch Ruppersberger in the Second Congressional District.
I am asking for your vote, and your family’s support in the Republican Primary on April 3, 2012.
My Decision to Run
I have been contemplating this for the past ten years.
Over these years I haved watched Congressman Ruppersberger move farther towards the left, consistently voting with Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. He no longer reflects the values of the people he is supposed to represent in the Second Congressional District. I am not sure who the Congressman does represents, but obviously it is not us.
Now is the time, and I am the only candidate who has a proven record of beating Dutch. I led my community in defeating his ambitions in the 2000 presidential election year. And with your support I believe I can do it again. I want to be a representative for the people of the Second Congressional District who truly represents his constituents’ views.
I do not fear debating the Congressman; I want to challenge him on his liberal voting record and the failed policies of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, whom he defends. It will be a daunting challenge, but I will not back down from the job of beating Dutch Ruppersberger.
Dutch and I Have a History
My first dealing with the Congressman was back in 2000 when then Baltimore County Executive Ruppersberger was pushing legislation through the Maryland General Assembly to confiscate private property from homeowners and businesses to give that property to his well-connected friends. I, along with my neighbors, formed “Citizens for Property Rights”, of which I was the Chairman, and our organization collected over 40,000 signatures to take it to referendun, and we defeated Dutch’s unconstitutional land grab. Our victory set me on an unexpected path to run for office and to represent the people of both Baltimore and Harford Counties.
In my ten years in the Maryland General Assembly, I have a clear voting record against:
irresponsible state budgets, bloated, wasteful spending and repressive taxes that are bleeding our families, out of control government regulations, benefits to every group imaginable except for the hardworking families who have to foot the bill.
I have fought for lower taxes, rational government spending, family values, pro-business values.
I have been endorsed 12 times by the Maryland Right to Life, the NRA, the Family Values Institute and other conservative organizations. I am highly rated by Small Business and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
I am a member of the House Economic Matters Committee, the Subcommittee on Energy, the Prolife Caucus, the Veterans Caucus, the Rural Caucus and founder of the Budget Reform Caucus.
What I Want to Accomplish in Washington
As a congressman, I will vote to repeal Obamacare, oppose all bailouts and higher taxes, which only serve to expand government. I will support protection of marriage, the family, the right of religious organizations not to be infringed upon by Government, stiffer crackdown on illegal immigration, modernizing our military, and protecting private health care and doctors from a government takeover, and protecting Social Security.
I will introduce legislation that caps the number of Federal employees in proportion to private sector jobs. The number of federal employees should not be more than 5 percent of the number of private sector employees.
I will move energy to be part of our national defense and create a Manhattan-style project to promote the rapid construction of nuclear power, coal, natural gas and oil plants. This is the only true way to reduce our dependency on foreign oil and its strangle hold on our economy. This will make America competitive on the world stage once again in the manufacturing sector, and create new jobs.
It is also time to eliminate many Government agencies and return authority back to the states, especially the Departments of Education, Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and others.