After campaigning in Western Maryland the last three congressional elections, Joseph T. Krysztoforski thinks he has established a “good foothold” in the 6th District and is trying again.
Even when Maryland redrew its congressional boundaries this year, excluding Krysztoforski’s Baltimore County home from the 6th District, he was committed to running there again. Members of Congress don’t have to live in the districts they represent.
This time, Krysztoforski has more than 400 volunteers in the field, and has met with numerous business and civic groups.
He picked up an endorsement from the Allegany County Conservative Caucus last fall, before the full GOP field was known.
Krysztoforski said recently he’s planning to move into the new 6th District — possibly to Buckeystown in Frederick County, but not because U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett lives there.
Bartlett has seven Republican primary challengers as he tries to win an 11th two-year term. Five Democrats are running.
Krysztoforski said his desire to replace Bartlett and work for the district remains strong.
“I respect Roscoe ... (but) he’s not an effective congressman,” Krysztoforski said.
Bartlett’s penchant for declaring that the U.S. Constitution is his guide has a false ring to it, Krysztoforski said. As an example, he criticized Bartlett’s vote for the defense appropriations bill, arguing that it could allow U.S. citizens to be detained without due process.
“The No. 1 issue is the economy and jobs,” Krysztoforski said, accusing Bartlett of doing little to preserve or to create jobs in Western Maryland.
Krysztoforski said he favors cutting bureaucracy at the Environmental Protection Agency and wants to repeal the Dodd-Frank banking reform law before it turns the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into one of the largest agencies in the federal government.
Similarly, Krysztoforski called for a repeal of the new federal health care bill and its insurance mandate.
“Our freedoms are being eroded every day,” he said. “We need someone who’s going to be a leader and stand up.”
Krysztoforski said illegal immigration is also a top issue. He wants the U.S. to complete its southern border fence and to enforce its existing laws.
“Amnesty without impunity is not an answer,” he said.
Here, he again blasted Bartlett, this time for voting to increase foreign work visas.
“American citizens should get those jobs,” Krysztoforski said.
If members of Congress don’t reach their personal goals within three terms, they shouldn’t run again, regardless of whether they could win another term, he said.
Krysztoforski said his campaign has raised about $20,000, mostly through small events, such as house parties.
Krysztoforski taking another shot at Bartlett
Joseph T. Krysztoforski