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Charles Hernick: Taking Constitutional Liberty into the Liberal Lion’s Den

Suburban Washington DC’s Arlington County Virginia is one of the most reliable Democratic counties in the country, but that hasn’t stopped free market economist and international environmental consultant Charles Hernick from running as a Republican in Virginia’s Eighth Congressional District. 

We met Hernick at a March 30th fundraiser at Texas Jack’s Barbecue in Arlington featuring entrepreneur Steve Roberts (owner of Texas Jack's) and Barbara Grassley (wife of Sen. Chuck Grassley) and came Charles Hernickaway impressed by his message and his large and growing corps of enthusiastic constitutionalist volunteers. 

Charles Hernick wasn’t at all bashful about selling his constitutionalist view of government in the heart of one of Virginia’s most Democratic congressional districts, “Government should help ensure that people have access to the information they need to make informed choices, not intrude on personal decisions. I believe in God. I believe in defending the Constitution and the rights and freedoms it guarantees. I believe people should make healthcare decisions with their doctors not government…” 

And in opposition to the Democratic incumbent’s anti-Second Amendment record Charles Hernick came out strongly for the Constitution, saying “Gun ownership is a fundamental right and personal responsibility for gun ownership goes hand in hand with the need to focus our communities on the root causes of crime and mass shootings.” 

But one of the things that impressed us most about Charles Hernick was that he has apparently thought deeply about many of the real challenges facing our country – and didn’t just toss out the DC consultant approved pabulum most congressional candidates pass-off as their platform. 

But then again, Charles Hernick isn’t “most congressional candidates.” 

Hernick has an M.A. in International Relations and Environmental Policy and a B.A. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and has managed environmental projects all over the world. 

“I’ve worked at the crossroads of economic development and environment for my entire career,” said Hernick. “I’ve worked with the private sector and state governments across the United States to keep our waters drinkable and swimmable while the economy grows… I’ve worked with Muslim business owners in Africa whose livelihoods are under threat from religious extremists. I’ve seen the effects of intolerance, poverty, violence, and terrorism. I know that it takes a willingness to listen and take decisive action to keep peace.” 

The incumbent Congressman, auto dealer and former Virginia Lt. Governor Don Beyer, is one of the old dogs of Virginia’s jaded liberal establishment. Beyer’s answer to any problem is more government, more taxes and less liberty for Virginians. 

Charles Hernick looks like exactly the kind of sharp, thoughtful constitutionalist needed to take on liberal Democratic incumbent Don Beyer in Virginia’s Eighth District.  To learn more about Charles Hernick and how you can help his campaign please click this link.

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