Wilson sees a 'broken system' in D.C.

September 02, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
  • Seth Edward Wilson

Congress candidate Seth Edward Wilson of Hagerstown doesn't like what he sees in Washington, D.C.

"I think the level of federal spending is out of control and it's due to a broken political system," he said.

As evidence, Wilson cited the increasing level of spending as a percentage of gross domestic product.

Wilson, who will turn 40 on Saturday, is one of four Republicans trying to defeat incumbent U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett in the Sept. 14 primary election. Bartlett is seeking a 10th two-year term.

"After 18 years, Roscoe Bartlett is part of the broken political system," Wilson said.

Bartlett often speaks in favor of cutting government spending and taxes.

But Wilson said that even as a Republican in a Democratic-controlled Congress, Bartlett should share the blame.

Bartlett also has been part of a Republican-controlled Congress, Wilson noted.

"He's our representative and it's Congress that's spending the money," he said.


Wilson said he agrees with Bartlett's push to restore a constitutional focus on government.

He offered a tepid compliment of Bartlett: "He disturbs me the least of any candidate."

Wilson called the Obama administration's attempt to block Arizona's illegal immigration law "disgraceful."

"We need to secure the borders," he said. "Our federal government needs to do it."

Inadequate border security "helps to contribute to a general lawlessness that's on the northern border of Mexico," Wilson said.

He said he opposes the cap-and-trade system of trying to control emissions and favors an "all of the above" energy policy, including nuclear power and domestic reserves of oil and coal.

Wilson supports repealing the health care reform effort championed by President Obama and approved by Congress. He said there's too much third-party interference in health care and he would rather rely on market influence.

The 6th District spans part of all of eight Maryland counties, including all of Washington County.

The winners of the Republican and Democratic primaries on Sept. 14 will compete in the Nov. 2 general election, along with a Libertarian candidate and a Constitution Party candidate.

Members of Congress earn $174,000 per year.

Seth Edward Wilson

Date of birth: Sept. 4, 1970

Street address: Declined to provide

Hometown: Hagerstown

Education: Bachelor's degree in economics and physics from Vanderbilt University in 1992; master's degree in business administration from Hood College in 2001; took master's of science course work in biomedical science at Hood College, but didn't get degree

Occupation: Project manager in information technology at Experient in Frederick, Md.

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for state delegate in 1998

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