De Pasquale's Dozen: Charles Lollar

The 2010 election has given us many wonderful conservative candidates with an interest in preserving their country rather than their political careers.  In the current climate, some political giants are sure to fall.  Business executive and conservative activist Charles Lollar hopes to slay one of those giants.  He is running against House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in Maryland’s 5th district.

Human Events Political Editor John Gizzi wrote, “The issues, the year and the candidate are enough to make the race against Steny Hoyer competitive for the first time in 14 years. What is needed now is an all-out effort among conservative activists to make it a race of the year—and Charles Lollar congressman.”

Lollar has been endorsed by the American Conservative Union PAC, Frederick Douglass Foundation, Family Research Council, and Mitt Romney, among others.

Lollar is general manager of Cintas, a facility services company that provides uniforms and other materials to small, medium, and large businesses all over the country.  He is also a major in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.  He and his wife, Rosha, have four daughters and live in Charles County, Maryland.

Lollar is a committed conservative who understands the issues facing those in the 5th district and across the country.   As Vice-President Joe Biden said, “a three letter word— ‘jobs’: J-O-B-S.’”

1. If there were a television channel that showed only one movie over and over, what movie should it be?

LOLLAR: Gladiator.

2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?

LOLLAR: “Not Yet” — the answer in response to Maximus’ desire to die and be with his martyred wife and son in the next life.

3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he was “cured.”  If you could give President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the “Clockwork Orange treatment,” what movie would you make them watch?

LOLLAR: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?

LOLLAR: I don’t have any—I throw a lot of things away!

5. What’s your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?

LOLLAR: The Tudors.

6. What do you remember most about going to the movies as a kid?  How has that experience changed for the better or worse for your kids?

LOLLAR: Going to drive-in movies with my parents. We always went out as a family; it has made me a better father and inspires me to spend most of my free time with my daughters.

7. What was the first concert you ever attended, and where did you sit and who went with you?

LOLLAR: Gladys Knight and the Pips. I went with my friend and customer (T. J. Neely) — I delivered papers to him — and we sat in the middle of the Valley Forge Music Fair.

8. What books are on your Christmas list?

LOLLAR: SELLOUT: Musings from Uncle Tom’s Porch by Ron Miller.

9. If Republicans and Democrats had theme songs for 2010, what would they be?

LOLLAR: I really don’t have one in mind for either!

10. What’s the coolest thing you’ve been able to do because of your role in the political arena?

LOLLAR: Meet countless great Americans who believe in this country as much as I do.

11. What one thing would you do as President “just because you could”?

LOLLAR: Financially adopt a young man through school and aid him in finding a job!

12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.

LOLLAR: When I was in Kosovo, I realized that I had traveled over 1,000 miles across the water to defend the Constitution of the United States against its foreign enemies. At that moment, I also understood and embraced the rest of the oath, to defend that same Constitution against its domestic enemies as well.