Van Hollen will carry on Mikulski’s work
Chris van Hollen is the only candidate running for the U.S. Senate from Maryland who is worthy to fill the seat of the retiring great Senator Barbara Mikulski because he will carry on her stellar tradition of looking out for all the residents and businesses of Maryland and the Eastern Shore, not just a few special interests.
As a U.S. Congressman, Mr. van Hollen has established his own track record as a tireless champion of working people, small businesses, veterans, young Americans, seniors and women. He has made numerous visits to the Shore to listen to the issues and concerns of citizens here including farmers, watermen, seafood processing business owners, and tourism industry workers to learn how he can better serve them.
The contrast between Mr. van Hollen and his opponent Republican Kathy Szeliga couldn’t be clearer. All you have to do is look at their websites. His if filled with specific detailed prescriptions and proposals to improve the lives of Marylanders along with accounts of his numerous accomplishments. Hers is sparse with only a few vague statements of what she stands for, which boils down to the same old philosophy that has been espoused all along by every Republican in Congress: smaller government, lower taxes (mostly for the wealthiest Americans), and deregulation. What has that gotten us through the years other than shutting down the government (hurting our economy), threatening to default on our debt obligations (resulting in our first ever credit rating downgrade), greater federal government spending and national deficits/debt under Presidents Reagan and Bush, and for the past eight years a do-nothing Congress that, when not on their record number of taxpayer-paid vacations, could only spend millions of dollars on numerous partisan political investigations that have yielded nothing. Ms. Szeliga could fit in well with her fellow Senate Republicans.
Highlighting just a few major differences, Mr. van Hollen advocates measures to make college more affordable such as free community college tuition and greatly reduced student debt load, while Ms. Szeliga believes student just have to pay up if they want a college education. He wants to strengthen Social Security by having em- ployers and wealthier individuals pay more while increasing benefits, she wants to cut benefits. He wants major investments and incentives for clean energy and other efforts to reduce global warming, while she keeps pushing dependence on fossil fuels (oil and gas) that exacerbates global warming. He has been committed to measures to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, while she has an abysmal 13 percent rating on her environmental votes in the Maryland Legislature from the League of Conservation Voters.
Ms. Szeliga claims she is uniquely qualified to fill Sen. Mikulski’s seat because she is a woman and can best represent women’s interests, yet she continues to support the worst misogynist to ever run for the presidency, Donald Trump. Sen. Mikulski enthusiastically endorsed Mr. Van Hollen, not her. That should tell you all you need to know.
Chris Van Hollen is the clearly superior choice to represent all of us as Maryland’s next U.S. Senator. Be sure and vote for him while you’re voting for the other clearly superior candidate, Hillary Clinton for President.