Editorial note: This is the tenth in our series of electronic interviews with candidates in contested primaries at both the Statewide level and throughout Harris County. We have sent eight open-ended questions to each of the candidates. The following are verbatim copies of the questions sent out and the answers received.
Chris Mapp, candidate in the Republican primary for the US Senate
Texpatriate: What is your name?
CM: Chris Mapp
T: What office are you running for?
CM: United States Senate
T: What is your profession/occupation?
CM: Self employed 20 plus years. Recreational Marine Sales and Service
T: In just a few words, what does the office you are running for do and what are its responsibilities?
CM: Amendment XVII established The United States Senate as law makers to represent the individual state’s legislature and citizens as the upper house of the Legislative branch or our Government. Senators were originally appointed and not elected. Each state has two Senators and each Senator represents one vote.
Part 2: The responsibilities include representing the will of the state’s legislature to form a unified voice to the federal government, propose laws, serve on committees and the Senate is also responsible for holding impeachment trials, approving or denying treaties negotiated by the president and accepting or rejecting Presidential appointments.
For more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate (In short we are the ambassadors of the individual states to the federal government).
T: If you are running against an incumbent (primary or general), do you think the incumbent has failed? If so, why specifically?
CM: The current incumbent Texas Senator is John Cornyn and the GOP primary election is March 4th.
I voted for the incumbent in the last two elections. As the senior Senator, Mr. Cornyn’s role is to mentor and stand with his co senator from Texas, not to berate him for standing on the Senate floor for 21 hours to tell our nation the ACA was the worst possible legislation and that it should not pass. Senator Cornyn scolded Ted Cruz publicly and then when the American Health Care Act did pass, I was really concerned when he said “we have to accept it”.
Publicly not supporting Ted Cruz showed lack of leadership and poor judgment. Mr. Cornyn’s recent vote to pass the 1.1 Trillion dollar omnibus bill is consistent with his record of spending tax dollars we do not have. As the GOP Senate Whip, our national debt should be the most important issue to him as a conservative.
T: What would be your three biggest priorities if elected?
CM: The National Debt, Entitlements, Immigration.
T: What distinguishes you from your opponent(s)? Why should people specifically vote for you?
CM: My position on the top three priorities and the solutions I offer are what separate me from my competitors, John Cornyn is my only opponent in this race.
People should vote for Chris Mapp because I see where we have come in the last forty years as a nation and I see what will happen if we do not pull the (reigns) in now!! Owning a retail business for 20 plus years qualifies me to be a United States Senator. The word “no” needs to be said more often and louder. Common sense is a wonderful gift. The National Debt will break this country and make the Great Depression of 1929 look like a bump in the road.
The only way to fix our spending problem is to force a line item review of the budget and cut or reduce every program that is duplicated, redundant, and/or is not constitutional. The IRS, EPA and the Dept.of Education are the top three as well as entitlement spending, this includes cutting or drastically reducing all entitlements especially to illegal immigrants and a full review of American citizens that receive benefits.
Ninety nine weeks of unemployment is shameful and this is a state issue not a Federal Issue. Medicare and Social Security are not Entitlements. Government regulation is out of control and is costing our nation jobs, these same regulations are driving up cost where industry cannot be competitive.
We are a nation of immigrants and have always had rules and regulations for my ancestors as well as yours. What has changed? Amnesty is not the answer and should not be considered. Our borders are to be respected, we do have the technology to enforce. I will say a fence is not the answer and this is not the American way.
T: What is the most important thing you have learned thus far in the campaign?
CM: The most important thing I have learned from the campaign is three things and this may sting a bit.
1) We should stop treating the Republican party as a club with members.
We as a society are comprised of many walks of life, some folks don’t have an Associates, Bachelors, Masters or Doctor of Philosophy behind their name but this does not make them second class citizens; Professional institutes, Institutes of Technology and all the Trade schools that bring varying levels of the skilled workers to the workforce are needed, necessary and welcomed.
If you want to include the individual that works on your car and not just the individual that designed it, then you should not only invite them in but make them feel welcome by listening to what they have to say. A man from the working class will always tell you the straight facts and in a strait way.
2) Whether a Supreme Court Justice, Governor, Lieutenant Governor or just a U.S. Senator, we all put our pants on the same way. Male, Female, Black, White, Strait or not, we are all Americans.
3). The bureaucracy and red tape that is strangling the engine of free enterprise is felt on every level.
Candidate for U.S. Senate.
God Bless Texas and God Bless America.