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BLOG: Yes Severna Park, There is a Republican Running for Congress

Severna Park, Arnold, Pasadena and Millersville Republicans will have an alternative for the Congressional District 4 seat currently held by a Democrat. Faith Loudon is our "home grown" candidate.

The country is seeing miracles happen in the political arena since Barack Obama became president and began leading the United States of America towards a form of government many of us do not recognize or want.  

Republicans have won seats in districts formerly held - ensconced in actually - by long standing Democrats.  

Teddy Kennedy's former Senate seat in Massachusetts is a prime example of this, but there have been other national elections and many local elections along that same vein.

The incumbent Democrat in CD4, Donna Edwards is not that ensconced in her seat. She's only won the seat once (after filling in when the previous representative did not complete his term). Her record stands on it's own.

 For example, she voted for:  Cap & Trade, the Dream Act, reducing Navy and Air Force appropriations, the Stimulus Bill, Cash for Clunkers, The Affordable Healthcare Act.  

She voted against: Prohibiting federal funds for Planned Parenthood, taxpayer funding of abortions, extending pay freezes for members of Congress and non-military federal employees, reducing payroll taxes and cuts in unemployment benefits, school vouchers for Washington D.C. students.  he did not vote on the bill to prohibit insider trading by members of Congress....one of only two times she's not voted.

All that being said, Pasadena resident and long time political activist, Faith Loudon decided to run against Donna Edwards for Congress. Faith has long been known in local Republican political circles as the "go to" person when you want anything done.

She recruits, organizes, encourages and now is doing all this for her own campaign.  She's been endorsed by Republican big names including former Governor Bob Ehrlich, Congressman Andy Harris, former Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey and retired Congresswoman Marjorie Holt.  

Dave Schwartz, currently the state director for Americans for Prosperity (a 'Tea Party' group), Senator Ed Reilly have both endorsed her, as well as Clerk of the Court Bob Duckworth.  She has twice in the recent past won the Woman of the Year award from the Maryland GOP for her tireless work on behalf of candidates. 

Now she just needs to get as well known with the general public. 

Faith Loudon is a conservative - both fiscally and socially - who says her first item will be the repeal of the Affordable Health Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.  She has experienced first hand the government's attitude towards older citizens with medical challenges when she took her husband five years ago to National Institutes of Health  in Bethesda.  He was diagnosed with lymphoma and NIH refused to admit him into a clinical study because of his age.  He was told to go home.  Faith, being the optimistic and 'never say die' one in the family, immediately got him into a clinical study at Johns Hopkins.  He went into remission and to this day is still in excellent health.  

The other thing Loudon knows is living within your means.  She and her husband still live in the home he built - mostly with his own hands - in Pasadena where they raised their three children.  They live on a fixed retirement income and savings so she understands the importance of how taxes can eat into your pocketbook.   Reigning in government spending is another area of great concern to her.  

The debt our children and grandchildren will be saddled with is not to be taken lightly.  Loudon also knows government does not create jobs and that especially here in Maryland where the government employs so many of our citizens, we have become a very unfriendly state for small business owners.  Loudon understands the economics of freeing up money so that people can have the ability to start their own businesses.  

On the flip side, Congresswoman Edwards' campaign website lists the vast number of unions, pro-choice organizations and other special interest groups which have donated to her campaigns.

If Martin O'Malley can be - according to The Wall Street Journal - "The Son of Obama", then you could accurately call Donna Edwards "The Daughter of Obama", since the Washington Post has already stated she is more liberal than our president.

You couldn't possibly stick Faith Loudon with that moniker.  She is our conservative alternative to Donna Edwards. 

Check out her website at: faithloudon.com   Also on Facebook.

Correction: A correction to this blog was made on 3/13/2012. The current State Director of Americans for Prosperity-Maryland is Dave Schwartz, not Charles Lollar as previously stated in the original post.

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DioDingo March 09, 2012 at 04:57 PM
You stated the Edwards voted against taxpayer funding of abortions....isn't that what the prolife people want. I don't remember any bill going up that was for taxpayer funding of abortions. I'm sure that the NIH study was a good study but possibly it wasn't right for her husband. To denigrate NIH for not letting one man in seems a bit rough. I would like my tax dollars helping the greatest cause. If we looked into the Hopkins study I bet we would also find public funds.
DioDingo March 09, 2012 at 05:03 PM
“America has come to an economic crossroads and our nation has made a downward turn under President Obama. We cannot let this continue. There is too much at stake in this election. Failure is not an option at any level.” All the economic indicators tell us we are pulling out of the bad times that were started under Bush 1, continued to some respect under Clinton and exacerbated under Lil' Bush. I guess I need more clarification as to the down turn she is referring to. Unless its social things and then its around the hedge we go since everyone sees those things different.
Chet Brewer March 10, 2012 at 02:18 AM
So can we stick the daughter of Santorum label on her or possibly the daughter of Limbaugh. That's all a really weak reason to vote for her and quite frankly the fact that she is supported by a local tea party in a strong incentive to not vote for her. Unfortunately the tea partiers elected to congress have shown they are unwilling to govern only to confront and obstruct. Why is it a negative that Congresswoman Edwards voted against defunding planned parenthood. Do you have a better alternative out there for women to use for reproductive health services. The result in Texas where they refused federal matching funds so they did not have to support PP is that poor women are no longer able to get reproductive health care in several of the rural counties. Does this mean that Ms Loudon believes that contraceptive services should not be available to poor women, only those who have health insurance benefits? Her husband was not allowed into a clinical study and this is a condemnation of NIH because he didn't meet the study protocol. Does this mean she does not believe in a scientific basis to health research. I understand you dislike Ms Edwards and you have made that clear. I'm not a real fan either but I am a moderate republican (dying breed) and so far all you have given me are reasons to not vote for Ms Loudon
W. L. March 10, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Gosh. Don't hear anyone downing the mess we were left in by the last Republican President. He had 8 years. We were in such a mess that anyone following would have a huge problem. However, I see us moving forward. The economy problems that Bush created are getting better. It may be slower than we want, but at least we are not in the hands of a president like that and what happened with the Republicans of the previous administration. I can't stand the negative bashing and will not vote for anyone who doesn't recognize the good that has come about. Our country does not need such negativity. Why not work with this President instead of trying to block his every move. I don't like it that this site is being used for political reasons. Nor do my friends and family. What is wrong with working together to get us back on track. I have never been so ashamed of the politicians.
John Thomas March 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM
lw73: how can we work together when you have people who believe that abortion is not a crime and then you have people like me who believe abortion is murder ??
Chet Brewer March 10, 2012 at 03:26 PM
But its much easier to attack then to govern and it seems for some folks ever so much more fun. Makes it really tough to vote sometimes though. I was really upset when we lost Wayne Gilchrest as our rep when he was run out by the far right wing of the party. Voting the last few elections has been tough
Chet Brewer March 10, 2012 at 03:27 PM
i see you're back and classy as ever, have a nice day
Amy Leahy March 10, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I misspoke that she voted against taxpayer funding of abortions - she actually voted against PROHIBITING taxpayer funding of abortions. My mistake.
DioDingo March 11, 2012 at 04:02 PM
John- maybe someone has to be the adult in the conversation and realize that if you want to live in this country we have to agree to disagree. The abortion question will be answered when God shows back up. God of course being the Ultimate in Pro-Choice. God also was a being that has lead to the deaths of a great many. Also, women use contracption for for more then just stopping getting pregnet. The article was written about a conservative alternative to the current Dem in office. Lets talk about the strengths and weakness of the directon of the current reps. and why this lady is better then other lady.
John Thomas March 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Dio: Lets look at who the real adult is. Look how you spelled " pregnant and contraception". And what are you talking about God and deaths of a great many ?
Amy Leahy March 12, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Thank you DioDingo - yes my whole purpose in writing this was to let folks know there is an alternative to the current member of Congress who happens to be someone that may not represent some of us who DID NOT get to vote for her. But we don't have to 'be stuck' with her simply because she's there.
Amy Leahy March 12, 2012 at 01:38 AM
lw73….you say you do not like this site being used for political reasons, and my response to that is…this is a blog…not a news report. As a blogger I get to choose what I want to write and my interest is politics. There are many other bloggers who write on different topics and that is their prerogative. You also have a choice of what to read. That being said, you obviously have your own political opinions. The financial problems we now have actually started during the Clinton years, but George W. aggravated the mess before he left office. Our current 'resident in the White House' has made things incredibly worse with his bailouts and other bills he passed before the Republicans took charge of Congress. The reason to not work with the current president is because he is just plain wrong in his leadership.
DioDingo March 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Well said about giving a choice. It would be strange to find somone, anyone who lines up with they way you think perfectly. I'll spend my life trying to get my wife to come around to my way of thinking. I would bet that Mrs. Loudon and I wont line up well in our politics or social views, but their still needs to be an alternative.
DioDingo March 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Sorry for the spelling John, I guess you missed the point anyway.
JH March 12, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Edwards is not a good fit for the district. She is an extreme liberal Dem ----- who was duped by Obama like so many others. TIme for new leadership in Washington.
Laurie March 16, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Amy, I tried to stay away, I really did! I read Faith Loudon's bio on her website and from what I can see, she is a glorified "Community organizer." No political experience in terms of holding any accountable office. She's been a great volunteer for the Republicans of AA County, but I'm not sure how that qualifies her to be a District 1 Rep.
Amy Leahy March 16, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Donna Edwards, the current congresswoman against whom Loudon is running had also never held office before she ran for the seat. Which by the way, is Congressional District 4, not 1. Loudon has not been a 'community organizer' - which if you do not know is a paid position. She has been a volunteer in her community and a political volunteer on campaigns of many Republicans in her district. She has tirelessly organized precincts, done door to door knocking, made phone calls, attended countless functions, and run volunteer offices for candidates. She has never been paid for any of it. She decided to run for the seat when no other Republican would do it.
Laurie March 17, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Um, maybe in your PERSONAL dictionary the term "community organizer" means the person is engaged in a paid position, but that isn't the definition I meant above and it certainly isn't the globally recognized official definition of the term. But thanks for trying to educate me. I don't see how being a fervent supporter of Republican causes makes her a stellar candidate. But I suppose in contrast to Edwards she looks extremely appealing. Good luck to her and to her supporters. Should be interesting. And seriously, Amy, do you mean to be snarky or are you just coming across that way?
Amy Leahy March 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Laurie, please define 'snarky'. Would a snarky statement be, "And seriously, Amy, do you mean to be snarky or are you just coming across that way?" Frivolity aside, what makes a stellar candidate is an understanding of issues and the personal commitment to put themselves in the political arena for the citizens they hope to represent. But you already knew that. In Loudon's case, she has demonstrated a commitment to the well being of citizens longer than many people voting today have been alive. That's commitment. That's honor. But you already knew that. p.s. So there is no confusion I am showing you the meaning of snarky now, as I define it.
DioDingo March 19, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Isn't that what we want...someone who has the ear of the community. A person who isn't beholding to the establishment. Sure the Teaparty has mucked things up but I would bet there are a few that understand how to compromise get things moving forward for everyone. Not holding previous office isn't a deal breaker.
Judith Moylan-Forman March 19, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Regarding the above noted correction and Dave Schwartz is the current Director for MD Americans for Prosperity ( a 'Tea Party' group). Is he still the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications for Congressman Andy Harris? I know Dave Schwartz was the MD Director of AFP for 2 years before going to work for Congressman Harris in January 2011. Does he hold both positions?
Amy Leahy March 19, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Judith, Dave Schwartz is no longer Andy Harris's Chief of Staff and has not been since the beginning of 2012. I did not know that when I wrote this blog, obviously. I should also make a correction to the correction Leslie Hunt made...AFP does not endorse candidates so Dave Schwartz, as the MD Director for AFP, did not endorse Loudon. Charles Lollar as a former candidate for Congress, personally endorsed Loudon.
Carolyn F March 29, 2012 at 03:26 AM
The bailout of the auto industry isn't such a good example if you are trying to say President Obama made a bad choice. Last I heard, GM is number one and a lot of people in the auto industry and associated with it stayed employed. In fact, they are hiring again. I think it speaks volumes when a party would rather see the country doing poorly just so it suits their own agenda.

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