Candidate Survey: Christina Grigorian for US Senate
Christina J. Grigorian
Office Sought and District
B.A. (History), M.A. (Education), J.D. (Law)
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White House Staff (Reagan and Bush 41)
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Why are you running for office?
I am running for office because Maryland needs to be represented by someone with energy, ideas, and a commitment to hard work and negotiation. Our current Senate delegation prioritizes party politics over the needs of the constituents who elected them.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
My political role model is Ronald Reagan. My political philosophy mirrors his in many respects, including: (a) tax reductions to spur economic growth; (b) reducing regulations that unduly burden individuals, businesses, and our economy; and (c) building and maintaining a strong military. I was fortunate to have worked in the Executive Office of the President toward the end of Pres. Reagan’s second term.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
My favorite book about politics is Second Treatise of Government by John Locke. Locke’s thinking had a significant impact on the authors of the U.S. Constitution, including his belief that the legislative branch of government had to be the power of the good. This foundational theory of government is represented in the U.S. Constitution in the form of representatives who are directly elected by the citizenry. As Locke postulated, when the elected fail to represent the citizenry, the citizenry has the ability to elect a new legislator who will better represent their interests.
What will be your top priority in Congress?
My top priorities in Congress will be to promote economic growth by eliminating unnecessary regulations so that businesses, and the families they support, can grow and thrive; to bring the resources and solutions necessary to ensure that all Marylanders are secure on our streets and in our homes; to find ways to develop a more efficient transportation system that improves the quality of life of Marylanders; and to support a 21st century education system so that our children can thrive in the classroom, the lab and the art room.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
The biggest issue facing Maryland citizens is growing and sustaining our economy to ensure the availability of quality jobs with the potential for income growth.
What are the three biggest issues facing our country?
The three biggest issues facing our country are: (1) economic growth and security; (2) healthcare spending (and spending waste); and (3) global radicalism.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am a practicing Catholic who taught Sunday School for 11 years at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. I have personal feelings about this issue that are premised in my Christian faith. Regardless of my personal view, however, I would not act to change federal law as it now exists. Nonetheless, it is my hope that abortions continue to decline and that it ultimately is rarely used.
What is your position on taxes, spending and the federal deficit?
I will advocate for lower taxes on individuals and businesses to spur and maintain economic growth. I do not believe, however, in uncontrolled and unchecked federal government spending. The current Congress is doing significant harm to Marylanders and their children by burdening all with a debt obligation that is outsized and irresponsible.
What is your position on gun rights?
I am a firm believer in preserving our Second Amendment rights. (My own family certainly enjoys spending time at the shooting range.) We should not take lightly any attempt to chip away at our well-established constitutional right to possess and use firearms to protect ourselves and our families. That said, I also support narrowly tailored, common sense regulations such as those that are designed to protect our schools or to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
Medical marijuana should be available (with proper dispensary controls) to those with demonstrated health issues necessitating such ameliorative efforts. Other than medical use, however, I am opposed to the legalization of marijuana and its removal from the federal list of Schedule I drugs. There is evidence that marijuana is a “gateway” drug that leads to other reckless behavior and serves to destroy families and the lives of children who become the direct or indirect victims of this activity.
What is your position on trade?
The U.S. should vigorously pursue fair bilateral and, in appropriate cases, multilateral trade agreements that open foreign markets to U.S. products and services and that protect U.S. workers and our national security. An important component of our trade policy should also be to ensure protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) abroad, including providing adequate enforcement mechanisms.
What is your position on foreign policy and military issues?
The spread of democracies around the world is clearly a significant benefit to the United States. In the words of the U.S. Department of State: “Supporting democracy not only promotes such fundamental American values as religious freedom and worker rights, but also helps create a more secure, stable, and prosperous global arena in which the United States can advance its national interests.” Accordingly, the U.S. should continue to serve as a leader in promoting democracy and protecting human rights across the globe. At the same time, we must be circumspect regarding how we invest our resources and where or when we will put our men and women of the military at risk, doing so only where there are clear benefits for the U.S. and only with clearly defined objectives and strategies.
Would you support the passage of the Human Life Amendment?
Would you support the passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment?