Red Maryland Candidate Survey: Liz Matory for Congress, District 7
MBA, University of Maryland, Robert H Smith School of Business
JD, Howard University School of Law
BA, Columbia University
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2018 GOP Congressional Nominee for CD2
2016 Unaffiliated turned Republican Candidate for Congress CD8
2015 Campaign Manager – Christopher Barry for Ward 8 – DC Special Election
2014 Democrat Candidate – State Delegate LD18
2014 Democrat Field Organizer – Maryland Democratic Party – Gubernatorial – BaltCo
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Why are you running for the 7th District seat?
Because “Open Seats” rarely happen in this state. I did not intend on running for Congress again after last year. Not only did I barely survive a personally traumatic relationship, I found efforts futile running against incumbents. Congressman like Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, and Cummings are Juggernauts. Regardless of how much effort Republicans place to unseat Democrat incumbents, there was no traction.
So, the morning Cummings passed away, I got a text from my pastor saying I should run for the seat. There were a handful of candidates already in the race, and I knew that I would get attacked for entering the race. (Queue routine GOP friendly fire). But, the needs of the district are greater than my fear of attacks and ridicule.
Evaluating the entire field, there is no other candidate who will fight for conservative principles, be God led and vocal against abortion, fight to combat human trafficking, and at the same time, be mindful of Cummings legacy.
I had no choice but to continue to fight for the misrepresented and disenfranchised as I have for the past 15 years. Gerrymandering ensured that every single community in Maryland was written out of their representative government. CD7 is the best chance for non-leftists to win a second seat.
How do you plan to win the general election?
Because I am not a lifelong republican and did not bash Cummings while he was alive, voters can consider what I and my campaign have to offer. Voters (rightfully so) are extremely disenchanted by politics these days. Voters want to get away from politics as usual, stamp out corruption, but most of CD7 really admired Elijah and some even thought he was a god. CD7 is 65% Democrat, so our Republican who goes against the Democrat nominee will have to be considered a new opportunity for voters – one that they are willing to vote for.
As the only candidate ever nominated for congress in the 21st century (Kweisi Mfume was in 1986!), voters know that at least 77,786 people already voted for me to be their voice in Congress. Everyone in Maryland also knows the power of incumbency, but in CD7 the incumbent is no longer. Voters see this moment as an opportunity for something new and different and we are the only viable republican who actually has worked through local politics and did not get caught up in the corruptible machine.
Even though some GOP purist despise me for it, the perspective that I have as a former democrat operative actually benefits this 65% Democrat district. I know personally how fractured the MD Dem Party is and has been from 2014. There are many who share my frustration with the lack of efficacy and deterioration of values, but either out of fear or convenience decide not to leave. They know as Christians and Jews (supportive of Israel for example), the Democratic Party does not represent them any longer.
There are enough democrats who will break from party loyalty and vote for a former democrat turned conservative Republican. Unlike every other GOP candidate, Democrat voters know where I am coming from, and will be willing to take the chance to get a new strong voice. If there were other candidates who could offer this perspective, I wouldn’t have taken this on again. But Alas.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
I’ve said this before and I will say it again: Ellen Sauerbrey and Kurt Schmoke.
God has blessed me with both of them as mentors and political advisors. Mayor Schmoke has been my mentor since my time at Howard Law in 2005/6, Ambassador Sauerbrey more recently from my 2018 race.
These two citizens epitomize what it means to be a servant leader. Both are God led and both love this region and this state so deeply that they are willing to represent solid principles unapologetically. Both could have gone farther in their political careers if they had sacrificed their principles or placed greed as their god, but they did not. And we as a community are stronger because of their grace.
I pray that with God’s blessings I and other political folks grow into our roles and lead as Ellen and Kurt have. The political climate is so toxic, but I believe that we have the ability to get back to a more gracious place together. That is why I call on both of them on both high and low points for a reboot.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Born Again Republican by Liz Matory with Chante Hopkins – because it is a good primer for anyone else out there who is overwhelmed and lost in political purgatory and want to get out of it with their lives and souls in tact. When I left the Dems in 2015, I felt extremely alone, and I wrote the book to encourage others like me as a guide through. Apparently, the book is more relevant than we intended. It also breaks down local politics and a brief history of the parties.
What will be your top priority in Congress?
Highlighting the existence of Human Trafficking. There are 24.9 Million slaves trafficked for sex and labor now worldwide eclipsing the 12 Million slaves trafficked in all of the transatlantic slave trade. Virtually nothing is being done about this and it needs to stop.
What is the biggest issue facing the 7th district?
Generational poverty and death affirming behavior both have led to high crime, depletion of financial resources, and weakening of human dignity.
What are the three biggest issues facing our country?
loss of sovereignty
What is your position on the impeachment of President Trump?
It’s a farce.
Any time there is a rush to push anything be extremely suspicious.
It reminds me a lot of 9/11. In fact, I confronted Nadler when I was at Columbia about it. And he said “we have time to wonder why” “we have to act now” to that effect. We all are still living with the consequences of that congressional mentality.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Abortion is the one issue that I had a complete 180. I used to be pro-choice, but the more I got to learn about the propaganda and lies created to get women like me to support death and destruction, I have become a very vocal advocate for Life. I am also surprised at how many republicans are pro-choice, but I believe that the Holy Spirit will move more people back to respecting creation as it did me. There is a moment for everyone, and that is why I speak up about it. Since a lot of Republicans aren’t willing to.
I am also against assisted suicide. For obvious reasons. We already know that there is a growing sentiment of life being expendable – that doctors and other interested parties can pick and choose who lives and who dies. It’s rather sick but it’s a growing belief. And again because of the unapologetic support of assisted suicide, I believe we have to speak up in the face of this death culture.
What is your position on taxes, spending and the federal deficit?
We need to balance the budget and stop depending on increasing revenues. There needs to be more auditing of government programs. I support the administrations take on streamlining the federal government – it may be harsh at the beginning but with the growth of the economy, efficiencies will recalibrate the system.
What is your position on gun rights?
We have a constitutional right to bear arms. Every jurisdiction that places restrictions on guns has high criminal activity. If it were up to me, I would train every homeowner in Baltimore how to shoot to protect their property. Since it appears that some parts are now war zones. I would even consider a militia for Baltimore especially if the Police are being hamstrung by the government.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
It’s a racket to give profits to a few and leave the users in a useless, catatonic state of passivity in order for them to remove themselves from society. I also believe it’s another way to remove firearms from the hands of citizens.
What is your position on trade?
I am skeptical of transnational organizations that may overlap sovereign nations. I support trade, but I think that countries should be able to negotiate deals that work best for their citizens and not for transnational companies who do not consider the needs of citizenry.
What is your position on foreign policy and military issues?
I support our military as a granddaughter, daughter, sister, and niece of servicemembers and veterans. But I am against endless wars. I think the President’s 2019 UN speech was one of the best speeches ever made by an American President and would use that as a guide for my foreign policy.
Would you support the passage of the Human Life Amendment?
Would you support the passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment?