Red Maryland Candidate Survey: Rob Seyfferth for Congress, District 3
Office Sought and District
Congress District 3
Southern New Hampshire University
Grocery store clerk
Prior Political Candidate
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Why are you running for office?
Because we need representatives in Washington who understand the daily trials that citizens in the 3rd District go through.
How do you plan to win?
Just by getting out there and making my case.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
There are many, but perhaps Barry Goldwater who once suggested that “to disagree one doesn’t need be disagreeable.”
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Profiles in Courage. I’ve enjoyed this book for the very reason it’s celebrated-it highlights men who chose to put what they knew and felt to be right ahead of their promising political careers.
What will be your top priority in Congress?
The constituents of the 3rd District. In terms of policy and issues specifically, my main area of focus is foreign policy and national security. However, that being said, I’m fully committed to being engaged in all the other issues that will confront me as a member of Congress.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Economic mobility. Despite all indications of a thriving, booming economy, there are still deaths of people who aren’t feeling the benefits and are still consigned to working multiple jobs to just get by let alone achieving their ambitions.
What are the three biggest issues facing our country?
NATIONAL SECURITY – threats from traditional state actors and non-state and other asymmetric threats. Similarly the lack of clearly, defined strategy and objectives
FISCAL-While the 2017 tax cuts were a good idea, our deficits and the debt are exploding in astounding and unconscionable ways and this has to addressed, less the budget be squarely centered on debt payments.
LEADERSHIP-This may sound like an odd choice, but the stark reality is that our supposed leaders in Washington have failed in this regard. The masses in Congress have long since decided that their own careers and ambitions are more paramount than the needs of their constituents and the country. Similarly, Congress has abdicated it’s Article 1 authority and responsibilities to an ever expanding executive(to be clear this vastly predates Trump) and this ship must be righted.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I generally take a libertarian position on these issues.
What is your position on taxes, spending and the federal deficit?
TAXES-would like to see a Flat Tax implemented at some point in the future or at least made flatter.
SPENDING- we need to first have a discussion on what government needs to involved in before talking about spending. That said, as someone who believes in the Federalist tradition, I believe many programs can and should be devolved to the states and allow the states to develop best practices for some of the pressing issues facing the country.
DEFICIT- Similarly put, it needs to be controlled and controlled now.
What is your position on gun rights?
I support the right to To keep and bear arms.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
What is your position on trade?
I support free trade
What is your position on foreign policy and military issues?
I consider myself an adherent and student of the Richard Nixon and George H. W. Bush schools of foreign policy. Similarly I think the military should be used as a last resort when all other diplomatic options and efforts have been exhausted. And to that end, military engagements should be used when our direct national security and strategic interests are threatened and not for nation building or foreign intervention.
What is your position on the impeachment of President Trump?
The Democratic Party vastly over played their hand.
Would you support the passage of the Human Life Amendment?
Would you support the passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment?