Candidate Survey: B. Scott Patrick for Baltimore County Central Committee
B. Scott Patrick
County and District
Baltimore County/ Third District
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lots of prior volunteer experience, have served 6 years on central committee . The first campaign I ever volunteered for was Alan Keyes Senate campaign in 1992, followed by the Sauerbrey and Ehrlich campaigns in 1994 . I have been around in some capacity ever since.
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Why are you running for office?
to assist our many great candidates( including our Governor) and promote our party’s ideals . I am the only incumbent seeking re-election in my district. Two of our 4 members were appointed to fill vacancies . i myself was appointed in 2012 but ran in 2014. If the voters of the Third District would be gracious enough to re-elect me this June, I would be honored and humbled.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
dead heat between Thomas Jefferson and Barry Goldwater . Both had clear and concise visions of what our country was and what they wanted it to be . Jefferson was of course there at the beginning and Goldwater came later but they shared a common vision.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
The Conscience Of A Conservative by Barry Goldwater . It was the first political book I ever read .
What do you see as the role of the Central Committee?
to support our candidates, assist with fundraising, and promote our party’s values and ideals. Central committee members aren’t legislators and it is not the forum for lengthy policy debates- this seems to be forgotten by some ( again, fortunately not many) on our central committee
What is the biggest issue facing your county Republican Party?
division within our ranks, especially on our own central committee. It is just one or two bad apples, but still… Also, our county executive primaries could be contentious. I am sure the Red MD folks know who is running. Kevin Kamenetz is unpopular and we could win the CE this year.
What are the three biggest issues facing the Maryland Republican Party?
Second Amendment issues. I know many Republicans , especially those in the rural areas, want our Governor to be more vocal on those issues. Same for cultural issues . Governor Hogan has also distanced himself from our President, which is an issue of contention with many in our ranks. My desire is that they not sit out the gubenatorial election this November. Too much is at stake , and we have agree on more then we disagree.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am staunchly pro-life, which is a recent change of events for me. I was pro-choice for most of my life and was even head of the teenage branch of Republicans For Choice here in MD ( many years ago) . There isn’t enough time here to explain my conversion but it has been transformational. I am opposed to physician assisted suicide. Physicians take an oath to do no harm.
What is your position on taxes and spending?
The first rule of politics is that it’s always easy to be generous with other people’s( ie the taxpayers) money. I support keeping taxes and spending as low as possible. Much of the problem with taxes and spending stems from the fact that government is involved in many functions it shouldn’t be
What is your position on gun rights?
I am a staunch and outspoken Second Amendment supporter. I believe that an armed society is a polite society and that gun control laws only hurt law-abiding citizens
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?