Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
I support the current Louisiana law exceptions which are to prevent the pregnant woman's death or "a serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function" — or if the pregnancy is deemed "medically futile."
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Unemployment in the State of Louisiana is multi-factorial. To solve this problem, we must first make our state more business friendly so that companies will come into the state and provide jobs. Without jobs, we cannot reduce unemployment. We must completely overhaul our taxing structure to make it fair and equitable for our citizens and businesses. Secondly, we must improve the education system. Without an educated and trained workforce, companies will not come to Louisiana. Third, we must lower our insurance rates for individuals and businesses. The cost of insurance is a major factor in attracting new business and keeping our existing businesses.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
I believe the government's role is to facilitate a free market business climate and then get out of the way. The government's role is not to pick winners and losers and should not stifle free enterprise and the free markets with oppressing regulations.
Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.
Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Every person in the United States has access to healthcare. It is against the law for a hospital to refuse treatment to anyone based on their ability to pay. Furthermore, the current governor expanded Medicaid which brought in thousands of new people onto the Medicaid rolls. What I would like to see is measures taken at the federal level to allow health insurers to compete across state lines, increase the competition between insurers which would help to lower the cost of health insurance. The more we can reduce unemployment with good paying jobs with benefits, the more people will have access to employer provided health insurance.
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.
I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.
The LGBTQ+ political agenda poses a threat to First Amendment freedoms of speech, expression and religious exercise.
I support expanding protections in employment and accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
If children are given instruction in sex education in public schools, it should not express a preference for abstinence but should be comprehensive, offering discussions on various types of sexual orientations and behaviors plus all types of contraceptives.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
I believe the Founding Fathers drew on their experience with the King of England and his quest for supreme power and control over his subjects when they drafted the constitution. They painstakingly devised a system of checks and balances to prevent any one person or branch of government to obtain too much power and control over the other branches of government and the citizens of the United States.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I was raised Catholic, went to Catholic elementary school, and Catholic high school. I am a practicing Catholic today. I believe in the Catholic teachings. I believe in Jesus Christ, the son of God, and that he was crucified and died for the forgiveness of our sins. As taught by Jesus, we should be forgiving, treat others as you want them to treat you, be compassionate, and to help those who are less fortunate.
I voted in these elections:
2012 Primary, 2012 General Election, 2014 Primary, 2014 General Election, 2016 Primary, 2016 General Election, 2018 Primary, 2018 General Election
When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
I believe that the federal government is limited to the functions enumerated in Article I, Section 8. This would establish a limited federal government. Article X provides that all functions not expressly delegated by the Constitution to federal government is reserved to the states. I further believe that the closer the people are to the government, the better they are served. So I believe in more local government control. I am pro 2nd Amendment. I own firearms (including an AR-15) and am a concealed carry permit holder. I am against any law that would infringe on our right to keep and bear arms. I believe we must stop illegal immigration and building a wall seems like the best solution to this problem. I am in favor of legal immigration as my maternal great grandparents were legal immigrants from Sicily.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
As a practicing physical therapist for 7 years, I was able to take care of patients and help to rehabilitate them after injuries or surgeries. From this experience, I learned the virtue of patience, persistence, and compassion. While a practicing insurance defense attorney for the past 25 years, I have been involved in the legislative process in the area of workers’ compensation working with LABI to draft legislation. I am keenly aware of how laws affect our everyday lives as citizens and business owners. This knowledge and experience will guide me as a legislator to evaluate each bill to make sure it accomplishes what it is intended to do and not create unintended consequences before I cast a vote in favor. Through my litigation experience, I have developed strong negotiation skills, persuasive arguments and the ability to work with the opposition to achieve a successful outcome for my clients.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:
FriemanCampaign@gmail.com (985) 400-4670
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I support the death penalty.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.
People should be able to vote without photo identification.
Gambling should be limited to existing forms and should not be de-regulated or expanded.