Party: Republican

Incumbent: No

Headquarters: 318 Plain St., Braintree, MA 02184-7226
Phone: (781) 333-8683

Age: 54

Occupation: Chief technologist at Unitiv, a leading technology provider

Family: Wife, Michelle; five children, two grandchildren.

Town: Braintree

Education: Brockton High School

Experience: I started my own electronic service business at the age of 24, which I ran for 15 years.
I then moved into the computer industry, and I'm currently chief technologist for Unitiv, a leading technology provider.
On the side, I perform as a stand-up comedian.

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Why are you running?

"I am running for Congress because I believe that most elected officials are failing to represent the interests of the citizens of this country. I can no longer stand by while our country continues to spiral downward in a destructive direction at the hands of leaders who appear to be in Washington to serve only themselves. Enough is enough!

Many of you know what it's like to struggle in difficult times. I certainly do, and each one of us expects to be held accountable for our actions. Accountability is lacking in Washington, and we share the blame for returning incumbents year after year who continue to ignore our voices and bankrupt future generations with today's out-of-control spending.

The time has come for Massachusetts to send someone to Washington who will show unwavering courage and independence to speak for you.

I live my life by putting the interests of those around me before my own, and when elected, I will continue to do so by serving my constituents.

I am not a career politician. I am not, and never will be, beholden to special interests. Your voice needs to be heard, and I promise to lead by listening to you. Please join me in a grassroots effort that will send the message, "American citizens have a voice and you better start listening!""

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The economy

How can the federal government best stimulate the economy?

"Unemployment is too high and cannot be solved with more government spending.

Wasting taxpayer money on failed industry bailouts is a classic example of big government at its worst. Business is not the enemy; it is the solution.

People need jobs, but high taxation and over-regulation cripple businesses, preventing growth and job creation.

Because private sector jobs most effectively create sustainable economic growth, government should stop interfering with the market and take steps to free businesses from overly burdensome taxes and bureaucratic red tape."

Bush tax cuts

Will you vote to continue the tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush for the top 3% of earners?

"Redistribution of wealth (or socialism) has never been a sustainable way to promote economic growth. I would vote to continue the tax cuts because I believe that the market is a better driver of economic growth than Congress and federal government spending."

Federal deficit

If the bipartisan deficit commission says that both spending reductions and revenue increases, including tax hikes, are necessary to reduce the federal deficit to a sustainable level, would you support such a package?

"I absolutely support spending reductions.

Congress has behaved in an appallingly irresponsible manner by running up the deficit to its current level. Increasing taxes is not the solution. Keeping taxes low will increase revenue by allowing business to thrive and creating economic growth."

Health care law

What is your view of the national health care law?

"ObamaCare has made health care costs even higher. It has a hidden 3.8% tax on home sales, a $17 billion tax on business, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. I will help repeal ObamaCare.

The real problem is not health care, it is the cost of health care.

The United States is the world leader in the development of medical care and technology, yet many Americans cannot afford health insurance. Too many Americans fear the cost of serious illness and its impact on our families, and even those who have health insurance find its coverage insufficient when needed most.

Pharmaceutical companies are certainly responsible for wonder drugs and treatments, but they work hand-in-hand with HMOs and the FDA to prevent treatments that would provide affordable, less instrusive options because it would hurt their profits. They regularly attack natural treatments, ambulatory surgery centers, and many other proven ways to provide more affordable care.

There is a disconnect between patients and the actual cost of health care. Since most of those with health insurance never actually write the checks or handle the funds used for the services received, they fail to exercise the same awareness, judgment, and control they have in other financial decisions they make.

The cost of health care would be significantly less if everybody had an understanding of how much these services actually cost and where the funds were going. Like non-health related services for which we are charged directly, we would begin to question and negotiate.

We need to change our health care system, but turning it over to the federal government only assures that the problems will persist. Reducing the cost of health care must be our first priority."

Illegal immigration

Do you agree with Arizona's new immigration law? If not, what should the country do about illegal immigration?

"I do not like selective enforcement of ANY laws. If the federal government was enforcing the laws that it had enacted, Arizona wouldn't have had to pass its immigration law.

Regardless, no meaningful immigration reform can happen until we have control of our borders, and when it comes to immigration, border control would be my first priority."


Do you support free trade or fair trade? Why?

""Fair trade" is just a convenient way to avoid using the word "protectionism." The best way to ensure that American businesses stay competitive is to keep their regulatory and tax burdens light. By the way, this is also the best way to promote economic growth and create jobs."

Social security

What specific changes would you support to make Social Security and Medicare sustainable over the long term?

"It's important to remember that for decades, Social Security has been used as a slush fund for Congress's bad spending habits. That needs to stop.

With Medicare, the problem is fraud. We need to evaluate the inability of Medicare bureaucrats to recognize and eliminate fraud and hold those accountable who aren't responsible stewards of taxpayer money."

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