Candidate Survey: Tom Kennedy for Baltimore City Central Committee, District 11
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Baltimore City, 11th Councilmanic District
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Chair, Baltimore City for Trump (2016). Also campaigned for Ted Cruz, Newt Gingrich, and regrettably, John McCain in 2000
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Why are you running for office?
To represent Baltimore City Republicans on the city Republican Central Committee. The BCRCC has a number of committed, energetic, and principled members, but we need a critical mass of such people before we can begin to affect real change within the city.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
William F. Buckley, Jr., for his role as the godfather of modern American conservatism, for taking bold positions in the face of overwhelming cultural opposition, for founding a great political magazine, and for helping inspire Ronald Reagan’s pursuit of high office
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Peggy Noonan’s “What I Saw at the Revolution,” which is a memoir about growing up in Democrat household, seeing the light (of conservatism) in college, and rising through the liberal media (including Dan Rather’s CBS) to write speeches in Ronald Reagan’s White House. It’s the quintessential American story about maturation and of how anyone, even from humble beginnings, can rise to positions of great influence in the country.
And… “Reagan, In His Own Voice: Ronald Reagan’s Radio Addresses”
edited by Martin Anderson, Annelise Anderson, Kiron K. Skinner, which are the handwritten notes Ronald Reagan prepared for his weekly syndicated radio spots after leaving the governorship but before ascending to the presidency. They show a man who did his own research, arrived at his own opinions, and crafted his own words. This book belies the absurd notion, long pushed by the libs, that Ronaldus Magnus was an amiable dunce who had to be told what to think. What it confirms is that Reagan was great — in part — because he lived through decades of liberal governance and had the wisdom to see the long-term consequences of leftist ideology. His words resonate as much today as they did 40 years ago.
What do you see as the role of the Central Committee?
In Baltimore City: to remind city Republicans that they have a presence and a voice, even if they are greatly outnumbered; to articulate, in the absence of Republican office holders, the principles we believe in; and to recruit and cultivate conservative Republican voices who will seek and win public office
What is the biggest issue facing your county Republican Party?
Given a lethargic and glacially slow Board of Election administration, the biggest issue facing the GOP in the city is to ensure each and every polling station has trained election judges who will oversee fair and honest vote tallies.
What are the three biggest issues facing the Maryland Republican Party?
1/Break the Democrats’ veto proof majorities
2/End gerrymandering and establish congressional districts that don’t look like a drunken sketch by Salvador Dali
3/Convince a majority of Marylanders that liberal policies are suffocating entrepreneurial spirit and drive and a
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Pro-Life from the moment of conception.
Physicians should be on hand during the final stages to ensure patients spend their final days free of pain, whether or not extraordinary measures are taken to prolong a patient’s life. I don’t believe in assisted suicide.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
Taxes are a necessity with respect to those services which are a government’s duty to provide.
Government programs should be audited regularly.
Those who commit fraud or deception to acquire government largess should face lengthy prison sentences.
All programs and agencies should be established with an expiration date and forced to expire unless good cause is shown that a) they operate efficiently and b) an extension of services is for the public good.
What is your position on gun rights?
I’m a member of the National Rifle Association and believe it is the constitutional right of Americans to keep and bear arms.
Do you believe that Maryland Republican Party primaries should be open to independent voters?
Do you believe that the state party and the county parties should be allowed to endorse in primary elections?
Do you believe that Maryland Republican Party auxiliary organizations should have a vote on the Maryland Republican Party executive committee?
Would you support limiting the terms of Maryland Republican Party officers to eight consecutive years in the same office?