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Carroll County Businessman Challenges Van Hollen

The Republican candidate will launch his campaign in all three of District 8's counties.

Dave Wallace, a Republican businessman from Carroll County, is planning to run against Rep. Chris Van Hollen in the coming congressional election.

Wallace will announce his candidacy in each of District 8's three counties Thursday, including a stop at the in Rockville at 5:30 p.m.

Van Hollen has won his last four elections with more than 70 percent of the vote, but that was before that splits much of Montgomery County between Districts 6 and 8 and brings parts of Frederick and Carroll counties into Van Hollen's district.

Wallace said in a statement that the people of District 8 deserve a more reliable leader than Van Hollen.

"Van Hollen is irresponsible, incompetent and unwilling to take on the crony corruption taking place in Washington, D.C., and here in Maryland," he said.

According to his website, Wallace wants to rein in federal spending, protect Medicare and Social Security, and reform the tax code.

Wallace grew up in Carroll County and is a small-business owner, managing Chesapeake Kitchen Wholesalers in Randallstown, according to a news release. He is a graduate of South Carroll High School and Salisbury University. He worked at the National Institutes of Health before starting his business.

Mike Rolfes January 17, 2012 at 08:52 PM
He may not be hiring, Dianne, but if he were paying MD taxes, his added cost in taxes and regulation would not be good for his business, correct? Thus, we can assume he wouldn't be hiring and possible be cutting or fold up shop altogether.
Corbin Dallas Multipass January 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM
"The more companies get to keep, the [better] (sic) they are. The less they get to keep, the worse off they are. If I tax you more, you spend less, or does your world not work like everyone else's?" That is only if you accept that taxes don't provide essential services that benefit businesses. If the taxes pay into public transportation for employees that get them to work, that's a benefit for the business. If the taxes pay into a regulatory agency that monitors and penalizes abuse to prevent fraud so customers trust an industry, that's a benefit to the business. If that is your world then it is oversimplified.
Mike Rolfes January 17, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Corbin, it is my view that government does have a purpose, to govern and legislate for everyone, not pick and choose who wins and who loses through overly complicated and sometimes conflicting rules that causes business to grind to a screeching halt. I worked as a consultant for a federal agency. The waste, abuse and fraud I saw my tax dollars going toward was astounding. This opened my eyes to the fact that the larger government gets the more gravity it generates to suck in money and power. Eventually, the event horizon pulls you in. They spent money at the end of the fiscal year even thought they didn't need to, because it was a "use it or lose it" policy. If they didn't use it, next year's funds would be directed elsewhere. That's your money too. Government does have a purpose as a necessary evil, but it's too big, bloated, and inefficient. Once they have the money, it's out of everyone's hands never to be seen again. Do those "shovel ready" jobs ring a bell? $5 Trillion dollars later, we are back where we started and your kids and grand kids are screwed.
Corbin Dallas Multipass January 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM
"The waste, abuse and fraud I saw my tax dollars going toward was astounding." But the amount of good being done with your tax dollars was probably lost to your view. I don't really want to argue the $5 trillion figure other than to say $8 trillion previous and about $3 trillion is debt incurred from lost tax revenue since income decreased.
Mike Rolfes January 18, 2012 at 01:02 AM
"But the amount of good being done with your tax dollars was probably lost to your view." I argue MORE good can be done by people outside of a bloated government when left to their own devices since the private individual is much more efficient in using his capital and just as wise in its application. The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases. – Thomas Jefferson

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