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Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Bongino (www.bongino.com) Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Bongino (www.bongino.com)  

Agent leaves Secret Service to run for U.S. Senate

His job was once to protect President Obama. Now he aspires to be a politician in his own right.

This former Secret Service agent, Daniel Bongino, retired in May so he could run as a Republican for a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland. He announced his candidacy this week.

In a phone interview with The Daily Caller, Bongino, 36, said he’s running because “we need real people… normal folks” to serve in office.

“I left everything behind to do this,” he said by phone. “I left a secure, promising 12-year career with the Secret Service. I left with a fantastic reputation. I left it all on the line, with my wife’s support, to do this.”

At the time of his retirement, Bongino was working in the Secret Service field office in Baltimore. He also worked on President George W. Bush’s detail, but said that doesn’t mean he has a cache of top-secret knowledge about Obama and Bush.

“It’s not that kind of a job. It’s called the Secret Service for a reason,” he said. “You’re not over their shoulder listening to their conversations. It’s just not that kind of environment. It doesn’t work like that.”

Bongino refused to criticize Obama directly — saying he’s focused on the seat’s incumbent, Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin. But he didn’t hide the fact that he doesn’t like the president’s political philosophy.

“The whole idea of the government being a backstop for the private economy when we’re in recession or near depression just hasn’t worked. The stimulus bill was a failure,” he said.

Asked about Cardin, Bongino said “he’s never seen a tax he doesn’t like…he’s a typical tax and spend liberal.”

Cardin defeated Republican Michael Steele for the Senate seat in 2006. Bongino said he doesn’t buy the argument that a Republican can’t win in the heavily-Democratic Maryland.

“I don’t believe conservative ideas can’t win in Maryland,” he said. “Conservative ideas have won in Maryland. Reagan won Maryland.”

Bongino said he’s subscribes to “the Tea Party values of fiscal responsibility” and has attended several rallies, but wouldn’t go far enough to call himself a Tea Partier.

“My only hesitation is I’m running as a Republican, and it’s very easy to say, ‘oh, he’s the Tea Party candidate,’ and automatically, some people shut you out. They don’t want to listen,” he said.

Bongino said he grew up in a “very middle class” family which often ate bologna and cheerios for dinner. His wife grew up eating airplane peanuts because her mom cleaned planes to make money.

“So my family knows…the value of a dollar,” he said.

Bongino, who spent several days in Afghanistan advancing a presidential trip once, said he questions why the United States is keeping troops overseas in the Middle East. “What does success look like? Has anybody said that? Why are our boys still over there?”

He said running for office is “a recent phenomenon.” He decided to run after several weeks of contemplation with his wife.

“We sat down and we thought about it and we had that Rocky and Adrian moment from Rocky II when she’s in the coma and wakes up and tells him to win,” he said. “Well we had that moment and we decided, ‘Lets go for this. Lets put it on the line. Lets put our money where our mouth is and lets do it.”

  • melang

    I personally find it both refreshing and commendable of a man with the obvious grit he possesses, and a wife that backs him, to launch a new way of life for his family as he extracts himself from a secure future working for the government and heading into realms previously unknown that surely have many a pitfall for his financial prosperity and socially challenges him to meet the issues facing our nation head-on with his insights gleaned from that governmental position of high trust. If he can successfully launch a viable campaign to end the tenure of a Democrat and begin to assist the U.S. Senate toward becoming, as the Congress is now, more visionary and apt to produce true leadership, then I am all for his run for the U.S. Senate; and hey, unlike Mr. Obama who was never vetted for his U.S. senatorial seat, he is already vetted by way of his past employment and the nature of his job performance as one trusted with the highest responsibility of protection of our nation’s top executive. And I am certain he’d produce his birth certificate and any other documents asked for..obviously with the Secret Service he underwent a series of Background Investigations prior to being selected for that prestigious job.

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  • akitajim

    Warrior Lemming, hmmmm. Warrior? … Lemming?… Seems like a contradiction. Lemming’s aren’t exactly known as warriors. Maybe you should consider changing your name to WarriorWeasel. After all weasel’s are fierce, and they’re known for their disagreeable behavior.
    Is the cry of “racist” all you can come up with to rebut the failure of this administration which is comprised of anti business social reformers and ‘redistributionistas’. Are you serious, or are you simply naive and simple. More then likely you’re just another perfect example of the type of human produced by 50 years of social engineering – a person incapable of introspective and independent thought; a person whose first response to adversity is to shout to the heavens that all encompassing word that relieves men of accountability and responsibility; that condemns the rest of all mankind as moral and ethical failures, and makes your thoughtless soul righteous – RACIST!

    • melang

      Your allusion to picturing yourself as a person whose worth is based upon a non-condescending elitist is well documented in your diatribe. You’ve identified yourself as a definite liberal in the sense of how that applies today and are following your coach-in-chief’s example of attacking before the gauntlet has been dropped. Your genius is seriously flawed in that you’ve not a whit of introspective talent that alerts you as to when you’ve crossed the lines of decent commentary. You need to attend a non-liberal course in ethics in a non-liberal institution of higher education and begin to sense just how you’ve departed from reason and replaced it with clueless party ethics – which dictates that you go for the jugular of anybody who shows the grit this man has in quitting a secure future to pursue matters of patriotic national importance at his own personal risk.

  • thephranc

    I’d vote for him but MD just isn’t a republican place and Reagan was decades ago. With all the government workers taking on them and their unions will never fly.

  • Skepticus

    I wish Mr. Bongino much success in his pursuit of the Senate seat.

  • rone

    LOL MORON WE HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT IS WHITE AND BLACK HOW IS HE DOIN FOR YA LOL

  • Offensive Bias

    Guess he got tired of protecting commies in the White house.

  • WarriorLemming

    Daniel Bongino QUOTE:
    “said he’s running because “we need real people… normal folks” to serve in office.”

    Oh, I understand…..he means white people ;)

    • jstan442

      wow -first comment is from a racist-screw you-we need people who work for a living and not just being a community organizer-i would trust anyone else then ofaker to run the country-he and his socialist team of nitwits has ruined the u.s.-i don’t know about you but i have a hard time making my money stretch to pay off my bills,get my food,and not go bankrupt

    • mtiki

      What the heck do you mean by that? Instead of bitching and moaning, why don’t you get up off your butt, give up your job (if you even have a job) and run for public office yourself.

      • oc in nc

        Good one mtiki.I got this sent to me the other day,not sure who wrote it but it seems fitting for our little warrior friend;

        Breaking News,the pity train has just derailed at the intersection of suck it up & move on and crashed into we all have problems before coming to a complete stop at get the hell over it.Any complaints about how we operate can be forwarded to 1-800-Waa-aaaah with Dr.Sniffle reporting live from quiturBitchin.

        • benhad

          That is hilarious! Thanks for the laugh!!

      • curmudgeon

        Too late. Lemming is already at the bottom of the cliff, broken and bleeding.

    • ladyxx

      Yep. There is the old race card. So sick of that crap.

    • citiman

      Lemming, need your advice. I detest the majority of obumas policies. I also detest the majority of harry reid and nancy pelosis. Am I a racist? If so, am I a white racist, a black racist or a half/half racist.
      Really need your intellectual perspective on this.
      Also, what flavor kool ade do you prefer?

    • maggie8

      This seems to be the norm for Democrats / Liberals, call any comment they can racist. You only show what fools you are.

    • recovered dem

      You name says it all – lemming! You are so stupid you are following Obama right off the cliff.

    • akitajim

      Warrior Lemming, hmmmm. Warrior? … Lemming?… Seems like a contradiction. Lemming’s aren’t exactly known as warriors. Maybe you should consider changing your name to WarriorWeasel. After all weasel’s are fierce, and they’re known for their disagreeable behavior.
      Is the cry of “racist” all you can come up with to rebut the failure of this administration which is comprised of anti business social reformers and ‘redistributionistas’. Are you serious, or are you simply naive and simple. More then likely you’re just another perfect example of the type of human produced by 50 years of social engineering – a person incapable of introspective and independent thought; a person whose first response to adversity is to shout to the heavens that all encompassing word that relieves men of accountability and responsibility; that condemns the rest of all mankind as moral and ethical failures, and makes your thoughtless soul righteous – RACIST!

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