A new Republican has emerged as a candidate for Senate in Maryland: Richard J. Douglas, an Iraq veteran and lawyer living in College Park.
Douglas said in a statement that Maryland’s current members of Congress are “disloyal to voters” and “have thrown American workers to the wolves.”
Both of the state’s senators and seven of its eight House members are Democrats. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D), is retiring this year.
While the Democratic primary has already become heated, the Republican side has been quiet. Chrysovalantis Kefalas, an openly gay Republican from Baltimore, is the only other candidate competing.
According to his announcement, Douglas will focus on “uninvited foreign workers,” as well as the Maryland “political machine.”
Democrats, Douglas suggested, were responsible for rioting and rat infestations in Baltimore as well as the “rain tax.” He argued that with new leadership, Maryland could “overtake Texas in job creation.” (Texas led the country in job creation in 2014; Maryland was ranked towards the bottom.
Douglas ran for Senate in 2012 as well; he finished second to Dan Bongino, who went on to lose in the general election to Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.). He considered running for attorney general in 2014.
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton is already supporting Douglas, as he did in 2012. Along with his military service, Douglas has worked in the Justice Department, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Senate.