Collins Bailey

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Collins Bailey is the Republican candidate for the 5th Congressional District of Maryland

Collins Bailey is the Republican candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the 5th Congressional District (map) of Maryland. On February 12th, 2008, he won the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). [1]


Positions, record and controversies

Bailey believes...

  • ... these truths are self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
  • ... the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person's dignity, freedom, ability, opportunity and responsibility must be honored and protected.
  • ... in equal rights, justice, and opportunity for all.
  • ... free enterprise and individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth, and prosperity.
  • ... government must practice fiscal responsibility and individuals should keep more of the money they earn.
  • ... in individual responsibility.
  • ... in economic and personal liberty.
  • ... that the federal deficit is caused by government spending too much, not by Americans being taxed too little.
  • ... the proper, Constitutional, role of government is to provide those functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations and that government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
  • ... that the role of government is to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.
  • ... the most effective, responsible, and responsive government is government closest to the people.
  • ... in the idea of individualism and reject collectivism.
  • ... Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong and protect our national sovereignty.
  • ... that spending in Congress is out of control. Americans are having to work too many hours just to support the wasteful habits of our federal government. That Congress is not representing traditional American values and Constitutional principles that reflect who we really are as a people. And that those who created the current mess in Washington are not the best candidates to translate these ideals into positive and successful principles of government. [2]


Bailey is 54 years old and have been married for 33 years with four children by that marriage. He was a self-employed businessman for over 30 years, and spent the last twenty years of his life working with local schools. Currently, he is serving his fourth consecutive four year term as an elected member of the Charles County Board of Education. [3]

2008 elections

Bailey won the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). in the 2008 congressional primary.[4][5]

Money in politics

Bailey has pledged to support the following Change Congress principles:
No money from lobbyists or PACs Pledge
Vote to end earmarks Pledge
Support reform to increase Congressional transparency Pledge
Support publicly-financed campaigns
Information on this candidate's 2008 fundraising is not yet available. Stay tuned for live feeds of data from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.

Committees and affiliations


Bailey will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.


More background data


Official Bailey for Congress campaign website

Articles and resources

See also


  1. "2008 Primary Results," The Baltimore Sun, February 13, 2008.
  2. "Bailey for US Congress 2008"
  3. "Bailey for US Congress 2008"
  4. 2008 Race Tracker page on Maryland's 5th Congressional District
  5. "2008 Primary Results," The Baltimore Sun, February 13, 2008.

External resources

External articles