Red Maryland Candidate Survey: Chris Palombi for Congress, District 5
Office Sought and District
Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice (Michigan State University)
Former U.S. Capitol Police Officer, Secondary Education Teacher, Webmaster, High School Director of Ice Hockey Operations, High School Ice Hockey Head Coach
Elected Vice-President and President of the Maryland Student Hockey League
Why are you running for office?
The divisive politics in our nation’s capital has led to the lack of preservation of individual rights and freedoms for all citizens, as well as reckless spending of taxpayers’ money. For too long the constituents have been ignored and taken for granted and it is time for a change. We need fresh and invigorating representation not hampered by special interests and national political aspirations. This is why I am running for Congress for Maryland’s 5th Congressional District. It would be an honor to serve the people of Maryland’s 5th Congressional District. Together we can ensure our nation’s bright future.
How do you plan to win?
I am proud of my passion to listen to others. I am willing to listen to different viewpoints and ideas because with discussion there is always an opportunity to discover new solutions to existing problems. We are too diverse as human beings to all have the same perspectives and life experiences. That is the greatness of our country. We must embrace these differences and have the willingness to listen, learn, and grow from such diversity of thought.
In regards to Maryland’s 5th Congressional District, which has gone nearly +15 to +20 to Steny Hoyer over the past few elections, we will only win by talking to as many people as possible. We need to share the values of the free market, limited government, and liberty for all.
Ultimately, we believe in Liberty. We all care about freedom and individual freedom. That’s the new faultline. It’s not left vs right, it’s about people who believe and want Liberty for the individual or people who want more authority to control you. That’s the real conflict.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Abe Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are easy candidates for me as role models. They both faced strong opposition to their ideas, stood up for what was right, persevered, and found ways to unify our nation in turbulent times. However, while working on Capitol Hill, it was Dr. Ron Paul who became a great influence on my views of government. I greatly appreciate Dr. Paul’s views and consistency on maintaining constitutional liberties, individual rights and freedoms, fiscal responsibility, and limited government.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell. I read this in college. Sowell, a self-proclaimed Marxist turned Free Market Capitalist, shines light to many facets of economic policies and principles. This book helped me discover early that a free market has done more to benefit economic and individual prosperity than any other economy.
What will be your top priority in Congress?
I will work to make sure our constitutional rights and liberties are preserved. I will work to balance the budget and end the reckless spending of your tax dollars in Washington, DC.
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Lack of representation. The issues of the average constituent in the 5th District have not been addressed. Sadly, the majority of the citizens in our district have been sold a lot of opinion with little substance. I will talk and listen to constituents to understand their concerns and also work with the hope of a resolution that benefits the greater good of our district and for our country.
What are the three biggest issues facing our country?
The national debt, infringements of our constitutional rights and liberties, and partisanship. Partisanship inhibits the ability of Congress to work on reducing the national debt and enforcing laws to ensure our unalienable rights and liberties.
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
I am pro-life, with compassion in cases for rape, incest, and where the life of the mother is at extreme risk. I am always against late term abortion. With the advancement of science and technology, babies can now be viable at much earlier phases in pregnancy.
I am against assisted suicide. There are options for even the most challenging end of life situations to be managed for an acceptable end of physical life. No one wants anyone to suffer and I believe our medical community has the ability to help others live to their last days without suffering.
We need to use our tax dollars to support research and application of emerging medical therapies, treatments, and cures to ensure a healthy population.
What is your position on taxes, spending and the federal deficit?
The national debt is at more than $23 trillion dollars and climbing. Within the next 10 years, the interest payment alone on the debt is projected to cost taxpayers 1/5 of the federal budget. That’s OUR tax paying dollars. It’s frustrating!
We do not need more taxes, we need fiscal responsibility. Government needs to work more efficiently with taxpayers’ money.
What is your position on gun rights?
Our Founders had amazing foresight. The Bill of Rights is the foundation of the greatness of our United States and our Right to Bear Arms is essential to protect citizens from the potential of tyrannical governance. Gun ownership allows citizens to protect themselves against threats to their rights and liberties. Nationally, many red flag laws are a slippery slope. I understand the intentions but there is a better way. We must follow and allow for due process. Red flag laws can easily be manipulated to restrict good people from their citizen rights.
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
The legal use of marijuana for medical purposes is realistic. There are many drugs used to treat medical conditions that most people agree should not be allowed for recreational use. Medical research has proven the effectiveness of natural chemicals in marijuana to assist in treatments and I support this.
I understand and support states’ rights but we also have to resolve conflicts between federal and state laws, especially in the case of requirements of interstate and Federally contracted jobs.
What is your position on trade?
I am for reciprocity. We have had too many one-sided trade deals, which I am glad our current leadership is being firm in restructuring to fair trade deals. Free trade, with limited to no tariffs, provides more economic benefits to all countries involved. Above all, we need to support American companies and American made goods.
What is your position on foreign policy and military issues?
America needs to be the engine of prosperity.
For better or worse, our country is in a global environment where our national neighborhood is no longer the Western Hemisphere. Technology has made our neighborhood the world. We need to have both conventional capability in personnel and material as well as unconventional capability in the form of cyber materials of war. We must continue to make sure we have the strongest and most technologically advanced military to protect our citizens, property, and sovereignty, in hope we never have to use it. Congress needs to assess the sacrifices and commitment we are willing to make prior to voting for and declaring war.
We need to manage our military smartly with effective but fiscally responsible funding.
Our district has a proud tradition of active military, veterans, and corporations supporting our national military structure. I wholeheartedly support our people, facilities, and corporations to ensure our national defense.
What is your position on the impeachment of President Trump?
It was a waste to our tax dollars and government labor on a process which the result was known well before the gavel of the hearings in the House began. It was a clear demonstration of how destructive and wasteful partisan politics can be. How much business and profits for our farmers and manufacturers were lost because the USMCA treaty was held hostage? Congress should have better used their time tackling important issues such as immigration reform, balancing the budget, and more, instead of wasting taxpayers money
Would you support the passage of the Human Life Amendment?
Would you support the passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment?