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House Candidate Eric Knowles Talks Issues

The Eastport-based Republican hopes to unseat incumbent Democrat John Sarbanes in the November election.

Eastport resident Eric Knowles wants to represent Maryland's 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and he wants your vote.

As a Republican, Knowles faces a big challenge. The 3rd District, which stretches from Annapolis to Baltimore County, is considered safely Democratic. In 2010—a particularly difficult year for both incumbents and Democrats—Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) retained the seat with 60 percent of the vote, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

Why He's Running
If Knowles wins this November, it will be the first elected office that he's ever held. He currently works as a bartender at the  in the .

He decided to run for office because he said he sees a loss in civil liberties, and an economy in runaway inflation.

"I have a 10-year-old daughter. I don’t want to have to see her live in a world that doesn’t have the same gifts that we were given," Knowles said. "It’s sad that we would squander these things."

He went on to explain what he considers "gifts."

"I’m an Air Force veteran, and I swore an oath to protect the Constitution," he said. "When the U.S. government violates the constitution, they are the domestic enemy that I swore to protect the Constitution against."

He believes the Patriot Act violates Americans' Fourth Amendment rights and that the National Defense Act violates the Fifth Amendment. If elected, he would work to repeal both.

Health Care
Knowles' current job doesn't provide him health care, and it's not something he can afford on his own either. He said he knows people would think that puts him in the pro-Affordable Care Act camp, but those people are mistaken.

"It strips away our rights as individuals," Knowles said. "This particular law is the most heinous type of taxation we have ever seen in our country because we are now taxed on a product we do not buy rather than being taxed on products we do buy."

He said his health care plan is watching what he eats and running four times a week. When he runs, Knowles wears a campaign sign strapped to his arm. He said it's another way of getting his message out there.

Gay Marriage
Knowles said he doesn't think gay marriage should be a federal or even a state issue.

"The government should not be involved with marriage heterosexual or homosexual," Knowles said.

He thinks it should be left to each religion and each congregation to decide what types of marriages they recognize. 

Taxes
Knowles has a strong opinion about taxes.

"I think that progressive income tax is the most horrendous and denigrating tax that there is out there," he said. "It should be abolished completely and replaced with constitutional excise taxes. No one should be taxed on their income period."

Experience
Knowles' job as a bartender is something he plans to keep if elected. He said he promised the Chop House he would try to serve drinks twice a month.

"Gotta keep in touch with your roots," Knowles said. "I would definitely make my best effort to live up to that."

When asked whether his education and experience have prepared him for the job of U.S. Representative, Knowles responded with two main points.

"One, a government that does less is better for you," he said. "Two, I’m not a politician that has worked his way through the ranks, so I haven’t had to compromise my values."

He responded generally about his education.

"The Constitution was written so that farmers could understand it at the time, it doesn’t take a Harvard graduate to do this," he said. "It seems to me that Harvard graduates are messing it up more than people who have normal jobs and have normal educations."

Sarbanes, his opponent, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988.

Key Takeaway
Knowles said if you remember only one thing about who he would be as a representative, it should be this:

"You’ll hear a lot of things from my opponent that are completely outside of his job description and basically works more towards his own power," Knowles said. "If it’s outside of the bounds of Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, then I will work to repeal and scale down those things."

For more information about Eric Knowles, click here to visit his campaign website.

Ronald July 18, 2012 at 11:56 PM
John Sarbanes is doing a good job and even as a Republican I will be hard pressed to vote against him. I'd like to know where Eric stands on Roe v Wade and the EPA issues that Romni wants to trash. Those issues, along with repealling Obamacare simply based upon the fact that the Supreme Court call Mr. Obama a bold-faced liar when he sold us the program as 'not a tax' and then argued in from of the court that it was - I HATE LIEING ASSHOLES will decide my vote this year.
Theresa July 19, 2012 at 02:05 AM
"The Constitution was written so that farmers could understand it at the time, it doesn’t take a Harvard graduate to do this," he said. "It seems to me that Harvard graduates are messing it up more than people who have normal jobs and have normal educations." << This is a joke, right? I was in tears by the time I got to the "key takeaway", LOL!
Mike July 19, 2012 at 03:42 PM
You're laughing...why? As a reflex because someone has made a statement that challenges an article of your faith? A statement which, rather than consider thoughtfully, you will dismiss without real evaluation? The Supreme Law of the land, the Constitution, MUST be generally understandable by the populace or it is useless. Because if the populace does not understand it, the populace won't know whether it is being followed or not, and thus CANNOT cannot hold their representatives accountable. The average congressman has far more education (on paper) than the average person. (With a Harvard Law degree, Mr. Sarbanes clearly fits this trend.) And yet, Mr. Sarbanes's voting record is abysmal in exactly the way Mr. Knowles outlines. Mr. Sarbanes frequently ignores the restrictions placed on government by the Constitution. (He is not even close to being alone in this, by the way, among either Democrats or Republicans.) So, why would one laugh at Mr. Knowles's statement? Any real education in logic and statistics (rather than the sorts of phony credentials that pervade most of our educational system) would suggest Mr. Knowles is exactly right: the Harvard graduates ARE messing it up. A high level of FORMAL, CREDENTIALED education appears decoupled from one's ability to understand, and willingness to obey, the Constitution. Rather than concern yourself with hopeless attempts to correlate "education" to political views, why not just examine the views themselves?
Phillip July 19, 2012 at 04:30 PM
And that's the problem. We keep electing the same people in over and over again and expect to get a different result. They all need to be fired.
Stefan July 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I'm a left wing Democrat. John Sarbanes is another Big Govt puppet, just like Obama and the majority of the Democratic party nowadays. As a Democrat, I see a 'breath of fresh air' in Eric Knowles and he has already won my vote in November. It's great to see someone of any party who is willing to stand up for 'the people' of America, whether D or R or I, and speak it out strongly and clearly. As a Veteran, I put him into the category of human being I trust to stand up for my rights and for Freedom; unlike John Sarbanes who is only where he is because his daddy, too, was a big govt, corporate loving 'career politician', as wikipedia kindly puts it: Paul Spyros Sarbanes (born February 3, 1933), a Democrat, is a former United States Senator who, as a career politician, represented the state of Maryland. Sarbanes was the longest-serving senator in Maryland history, having served from 1977 until 2007. It's time to VOTE ALL of the 'career politicians' out that have allowed the banking/corporate slime to rob the rest of us blind. Thanks for having the COURAGE to tell the TRUTH, Eric! You've won over a new voter. If only America had more men of courage like you willing to do the right thing. A man of honor is always more difficult to find than a career politician like Sarbanes.
Patrick H. September 04, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I'm with you Theresa. Who wants facts to cloud their thinking.
BadStatistics September 04, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Approximately fourteen of America's 55 founding fathers owned or operated a large or small farm. This is roughly 25% of the total members. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_founding_fathers_overview.html
Timothy Sutton September 30, 2012 at 05:29 PM
There is another candidate for the House in District 3. His name is Paul Drgos and he will be on your ballot and is a better candidate than either Sarbanes or Knowles. www.pauldrgos2012.com

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