Candidate Profile
Michael D. Smigiel Sr.

Republican , Maryland

Biography

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Endorsements

Reported by Candidate

6
Republican Liberty Caucus, Lt. Col. Charles Lollar, USMCR, Captain Jack McCauley, MSPR, Jim Rutledge, Esq., Eric Knowles, Former Mrs Maryland Ginny Meerman

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
State Republican Party Organizations

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Campaign for Liberty Candidate Survey - http://www.campaignforliberty.org/surveys2/?id=299 Free State Patriots Survey - http://patriotvoting.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/CD1-Smigiel.pdf

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.

Strongly Disagree

The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Strongly Agree

I support legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that would prohibit discrimination against individuals, organizations and small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.

Strongly Agree

Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

No Answer

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, Constitution, Voters, (Congress and the Supreme Court are equal).

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

When the life of the mother or child is the choice and the Mother, or family member making the decision chooses to try to save the life of the mother.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

The nature of mankind is to use more power than one actually has or is authorized to utilize. The nature of mankind is to grow government not to contain it. It is in the nature of mankind to seek power and to utilize power to achieve ones own political philosophy. Thus it was wise and necessary to put checks and balances on the power of those who would serve in any of the branches of government. As has been said, Men are not angels.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in an omniscient, loving god. I believe that Jesus Christ was the messenger and son of that god. I do not believe in organized religion but believe my relationship with god is personal, a private matter between god and I. I also believe in tolerance, that I need to be accepting of others' beliefs and religions. I believe that I have an obligation to protect every other persons' freedom of religion as well. I believe in the golden rule. It upsets me when people mistakenly state that there is a constitutional basis to the argument of separation of church and State. Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists is not part of the Constitution. There is no prohibition on all religion, there is a prohibition on promoting any one religion over others or in prohibiting other religions. Tolerance is what is missing.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

I often say that "I am as conservative as the constitution allows, I am as liberal as the constitution allows." I keep my word by voting and working for conservative principles. In the Maryland legislature I have led the fight against common core, speed cameras, Obamacare, illegal immigration, sanctuary cities, laws that violate the First, Second, Fourth, Tenth Amendments. I believe true conservatives turn to the Constitution for the answers to most political questions and do not do so just when it is convenient to support their political position. For instance the marijuana laws should be determined and developed by the States not the Federal Government. Likewise the issue of environmental law and education requirements are for States to develop not for the Federal Government to dictate. The Oath Keepers gave me the only A++ rating in the legislature for upholding the Constitution. I passed legislation giving Maryland more protections under the 4th Amendment than the US Constitution.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.

Mike@smigielforcongress.com 410-920-0128

Additional comment from candidate:

Question 17 above I did not answer because it is not the government's role to define a definition of marriage. That is a role for the Church. Should a church, such as the Episcopal Church choose to allow marriage between a same sex couple that is a religious decision of that church. The State can establish recognized, non marriage relationships, such as a "domestic partnerships" but leave "marriage" to the religious organizations to define as they choose. (within the restraint of not doing any harm to others) When Maryland debated the same sex marriage question, I offered the solution outlined above and the same sex marriage proponents refused to accept leaving "marriage" with the Church. Thus, I was left no choice but to vote against the bill. I did not see it as a civil right, but rather, as a potential "freedom of religion question.


Background

Education
  • Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois, A.A., 1981
  • Northern Illinois University (NIU), DeKalb, Illinois, B.A., 1985
  • NIU College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois, J.D., 1989
Work & Military
  • USMC, Lance Corporal, 1975-1979
Affiliations
  • Cecil County Family Services, Board of Directors
  • Bainbridge Naval Museum, Board of Directors
  • Cecil County Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Marine Corps League, Member
  • American Legion, attorney
  • Maryland Bar Association, Peer Review Committee
  • Maryland Republican Party, member
  • National Rifle Association, Life Member A+ rated as legislator
Offices
  • Delegate District 36, Held 12
 

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