Gluck thinks it-s time for third-party candidates
by Peggy McEwan
This story was corrected at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 20, 2014. An explanation follows the story.
George Gluck is running for the future but he wishes the United States could go back to the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
That is because, he said, FDR passed banking regulations that would have prevented the financial bubble that led to the current financial crises.
“He passed banking regulations, undone by [President Bill] Clinton, that caused the financial bubble,” he said.
Gluck, 67, said he was a Democrat until Clinton signed NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, eliminating duties and quantitative restrictions on trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
“I left [the party],” he said. “Clinton screwed labor here in this country.”
Now a member of the Green Party, Gluck, who lives in Rockville, is running for Congress to represent Maryland’s 6th District.
It’s a large district, running 182 miles from the far tip of Western Maryland to the Beltway and River Road in Bethesda. It covers Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, plus parts of Frederick and Montgomery counties.
He thinks it time for third-party candidates to break the two-party hold in Congress.
“The Democrats own the presidency and the Republicans own the House. It’s impossible to pass anything,” he said. “The fact that I am elected is enough to [make a difference]. It will be the beginning of what has to happen to bring us back to normalcy.”
The Green Party, Gluck said, is not just about the environment.
“It’s absolutely more than ecology,” he said. “We’ll try to get laws passed that reflect the 10 principles of the party.”
Those principles include grassroots democracy, encouraging everyone to participate in government, social justice and equal opportunity for all, ecological wisdom, non-violence, decentralized government, community based economics including the adoption of a living wage, a respect for diversity, personal and global responsibility and a future focus and stainability, according to the party’s website: www.gp.org.
Gluck is running against the incumbent, Democrat John Delaney and the Republican candidate Daniel Bongino. The general election will be Nov. 4, with early voting Oct. 23-30.
An earlier version of this story misspelled Allegany County.