Principles matter. This is something that Bongino understands very well. When Governor Palin endorsed Bongino, she noted, "Dan is not a politician, but he's spent his career protecting them". Bongino was a Secret Service agent serving under three presidents, while his opponent has been in political office since before Bongino was born. He touts his lack of political experience as a "badge of honor" and is glad he hasn't "made any deals" like a politician. He got into the race in 2011 with the backing of businessman and 2010 Maryland gubernatorial candidate, Brian Murphy (whom Governor Palin endorsed in the 2010 primary).
@sarahpalinusa thank you & Senator DeMint for your continued support. #Realchange is coming in 2012. Principles matter.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) August 30, 2012
Bongino puts principles over party, and notes, "I'm a conservative first, and a Republican as a method to get on a ballot". He understands that crony capitalism is a major issue through all aspects of our government. When the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, Bognino released a statement noting not only the massive bureaucracy in Obamacare, but also its crony capitalism. This is something he also notes in his stance on other key issues--such as energy policy and tax reform. He does not support energy subsidies, and he is in favor of simplifying the tax code because it's "been riddled with 'crony capitalist' deductions for favored industries" and supports removing loopholes.
Principles matter, and Bongino realizes that. He won the GOP primary because of those principles, not because he kowtowed to the Republican establishment. One conservative Maryland blogger called Bongino a "defibrillator for a party in cardiac arrest":
It wasn’t too long ago that Delegate Pat McDonough–who was also running for the Senate nomination,then wasn’t running, then was running again, then wasn’t running again but was still handing out campaign literature saying he was–accused Bongino’s campaign of being a “novelty act.”He aims to win this Senate seat in deep blue Maryland because principles matters. Please take check out his latest web ad below, and visit his website here.
“He’s done absolutely nothing for the Republican Party or for his community,” McDonough said. “You have these unknown people who come out of the woodwork who want to run for high office. It’s like joining the Catholic religion and wanting to be pope.”This sort of petty narcissism seems endemic to the Republican Party nationally but seems particularly virulent in Maryland. Given that the so called “Free State” is being run over rough-shod by a Democrat Party monopoly, I’m not sure what these party insiders claim to have done for the party themselves. Dan Bongino has made it exciting to be a Republican in the state of Maryland, which is far more than some of his detractors have done. Dan is like a defibrillator for a state party in cardiac arrest.
Crossposted here and here.