Candidate Survey: Richard Douglas for Delegate, District 21
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House of Delegates District 21
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Republican Chief Counsel, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (Helms) and General Counsel, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (Roberts); presidentially-appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Counternarcotics/Counterproliferation); candidate, US Senate Maryland Republican Primary, 2012 and 2016; candidate, College Park City Council 2017; since 2000, I have made substantial personal financial contributions to GOP candidates and causes in Maryland and nationwide.
Why are you running for office?
To make a difference.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Abraham Lincoln — he articulated Republican first principles then died for them: national unity, human freedom, and malice toward none.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
“In Praise of Deadlock — How Partisan Struggle Makes Better Laws” by the late Lee Rawls. Having worked in the Senate, I believe there is no better guide to how Congress works and no better explanation of the value of (as Lee put it) “partisan struggle.” The book also underscores the importance to legislators of understanding the rules and precedents of the bodies in which they serve.
What will be your top priority in the General Assembly?
Creating an atmosphere in Maryland which will bring job opportunities to District 21 and to the entire state. Maryland could compete with or even surpass Texas, Alabama, South Carolina or Virginia economically if it’s leadership only had the political will to make it happen.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Apathetic state and federal elected leaders.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland?
1. Apathetic state and federal elected leaders. 2. A Maryland Attorney General at war with the White House. 3. An undiversified and uninviting economic environment.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Pro-life. Anti-assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
The lower the better.
What is your position on gun rights?
I support the Second Amendment and keep a firearm in my home.
What is your position on education?
Local control always beats control from Washington/Annapolis.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
A devastating mistake, whose impact is felt most heavily among the most vulnerable people and communities.
What is your position on the current three-tiered system for the sale and distribution of alcohol?
The three-tiered system and Social Security have something in common: they both date from the mid-1930s. There appears to be a general consensus that Social Security needs an overhaul. Perhaps the three-tiered system does too. Somehow the nation muddled through without a three-tiered system between the Jamestown Settlement of 1607 and the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. We could probably survive without it again, if that is what the people want. I have no objection to considering proposals for alternatives.
Legislators can receive $101 per day for lodging and $47 per day for meals during the 90-day General Assembly session. If elected, do you plan to accept these benefits? Why or why not?
I would not accept these benefits. It is a privilege to serve in the General Assembly, not a burden. That $10,000 would be better spent on schools or police body armor.
There is a culture of depravity and sexual harassment prevalent in the Maryland General Assembly. As a legislator, how will you work to end this culture of depravity and to ensure that those who commit these acts are removed from the General Assembly?
I will work to end this culture of depravity by exercising self-control at all times and by setting a proper example. Every Marylander is entitled to expect these as minimum requirements from every member of the General Assembly. Those who cannot meet the minimum requirements should be removed.