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.