I hear that attorney and former candidate for President Michael Peroutka is finalizing plans to run for Maryland Attorney General as a Republican.
Peroutka, along with his brother Stephen, is a partner in Peroutka & Peroutka P.A., a firm specializing in debt collections.
Michael A. Peroutka, Esq. is a 1974 graduate of Loyola College and a 1981 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. Before joining Peroutka & Peroutka, PA in 1987, Mr. Peroutka was a Medicare Insurance Specialist for the Health Care Financing Administration and served as Corporate Counsel of Central Credit Control, Inc. and Central Billing Service, Inc. from 1991 to 1993. Michael is a member of the Anne Arundel County, Maryland State, and American Bar Associations.
From his Wikipedia entry:
Michael Anthony Peroutka (born 1952) is a Marylandlawyer, the founder of the Institute on the Constitution. He once held a position in the United States Department of Health and Human Services and was the Constitution Party candidate for president in 2004. He is co-host of The American View radio program.
Peroutka was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland and the University of BaltimoreSchool of Law. He was the Chairman of the Constitution Party of Maryland and a member of the Executive Committee of the Constitution Party National Committee.
In the United States presidential election, 2004, he was the Constitution Party candidate. His campaign theme was “God, Family, Republic” and he emphasized the Bible, the traditional family, and the need for constitutionally limited government. His running mate was independent Baptist minister Chuck Baldwin. ”
Peroutka received just over one-tenth of one percent of the national popular vote, finishing fifth nationally with just under 150,000 votes. This was a showing similar to previous Constitution Party candidacies of Howard Phillips – however, it was the only third party to increase its share of the vote in 2004.
In 2006, the Maryland Constitution Party disaffiliated from the national party along with other state parties following a schism at the national party’s 2006 convention, in which it failed to disaffiliate the Nevada party despite its chairman and gubernatorial candidate’s support for legal abortion in some cases.
Peroutka’s supporters, however, collected enough signatures to get his name approved as a write-in candidate in Georgia for the 2008 presidential election.
Peroutka has been accused of having racist ties in the past, however, he told The Baltimore Sun the allegations are “absurd” and “not at all true.”
When he ran for President in 2004:
In an October 2004 Washington Journal interview with Robb Harleston, Mr. Peroutka unambiguously stated that, “there is one race and that’s the human race”.
On his radio show in 2013:
“[A]ll elevation or denigration of individuals or groups based on skin color is immoral and shameful.”
John Lofton, who recently interviewed Larry Hogan, is a contributor to Peroutka’s radio show. Peroutka and his brother have both been donors to pro-life candidates and causes and active on behalf of both.
Previously, Richard Douglas had been considering a bid for attorney general as a Republican and ultimately decided not to run. Democrats running include Aisha Braveboy, Jon Cardin, Bill Frick, and Brian Frosh.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.