Michael Peroutka

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Michael Peroutka
Chairman of the Anne Arundel Council
In office
December 4, 2017 December 1, 2018
Preceded byJohn Grasso
Succeeded byAndrew Pruski
Member of the Anne Arundel Council
from the 5th district
In office
December 1, 2014 December 1, 2018
Preceded byDick Ladd
Succeeded byAmanda Fielder
Personal details
Michael Anthony Peroutka

1952 (age 6667)
Political party Constitution (Before 2014)
Other political
Republican (2014–present)
Alma mater Loyola University, Maryland
University of Baltimore

Michael Anthony Peroutka (born 1952) is a Maryland lawyer, 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.

Maryland State of the United States of America

Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east. The state's largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis. Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State. It is named after the English queen Henrietta Maria, known in England as Queen Mary.

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The Institute on the Constitution is a think-tank and educational organization based in Pasadena, Maryland. The Institute is a project of the American College of Cultural Studies. The Institute's aim "is intended to reconnect Americans to the history of the American Republic and to their heritage of freedom under the law." The Institute educates students about American history and Constitutional government from a "constitutional conservative" perspective.


Peroutka was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland and the University of Baltimore School 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 2014 he became a Republican and won election to the County Council of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, representing District 5. [1]

University of Baltimore Namesake university of Baltimore, Maryland

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Republican Party (United States) Major political party in the United States

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2004 presidential campaign

In the 2004 United States presidential election, he was the Constitution Party's 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. He gained support from many paleoconservatives, and was also endorsed by the America First Party and Alaskan Independence Party. [2] Peroutka was also endorsed by the League of the South and supported by a group called "Southerners for Peroutka". [3] Peroutka accepted the endorsement from the League at their 2004 national convention. Radio host Alex Jones stated he would be voting for Peroutka. [4]

2004 United States presidential election 55th quadrennial presidential election in the United States

The 2004 United States presidential election was the 55th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 2, 2004. Incumbent Republican President George W. Bush defeated Democratic nominee John Kerry, a United States Senator from Massachusetts.

Constitution Party (United States) U.S. political party

The Constitution Party, previously known as the U.S. Taxpayers' Party, is a national political party in the United States. The idea that the principles and intents of the U.S. Constitution remain relevant in human relations was the origin of the 1991 founding. Founding members included 2016 presidential candidate Darrell Castle and former acting Office of Economic Opportunity Director Howard Phillips. The party platform is based on originalist interpretations of the Constitution and shaped by principles it finds set forth in the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, Constitution and the Bible.

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He appeared on the radio show, The Political Cesspool to promote his campaign, describing it as a "Christian/Constitutionalist radio program" and "a great blessing to our cause". [5] Political commentator Pat Buchanan stated on the September 7, 2004 edition of Hardball with Chris Matthews , "There is a chance I would vote for Peroutka." [6] The November 8, 2004 issue of The American Conservative contained endorsements by Taki Theodoracopulos [7] and Howard Phillips [8] (the latter having founded the party Peroutka represented.) 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. Kentucky Republican politician Matt Bevin's support for Peroutka's candidacy was used in a 2013 attack ad by opponent Mitch McConnell. [9]

<i>The Political Cesspool</i>

The Political Cesspool is a weekly far-right talk radio show founded by Tennessean political activist James Edwards and syndicated by the organizations Liberty News Radio Network and Accent Radio Network in the United States. First broadcast in October 2004 twice a week from radio station WMQM, per Edwards it has been simulcast on Stormfront Radio, a service of the white nationalist Stormfront website and as of 2011 is broadcast on Saturday nights on WLRM, a Christian radio station in Millington, Tennessee. Its sponsors include the white separatist Council of Conservative Citizens and the Institute for Historical Review, a Holocaust denial group.

Pat Buchanan American politician and commentator

Patrick Joseph Buchanan is an American paleoconservative political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician, and broadcaster. Buchanan was a senior advisor to U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, and was an original host on CNN's Crossfire. He sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1992 and 1996. He ran on the Reform Party ticket in the 2000 presidential election.

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Political positions

Peroutka emphasizes the Bible and believes that America has a Christian heritage that should be reflected in governance. He opposes abortion without exception. He opposes a Federal Marriage Amendment, believing that civil government (federal/state/local) does not have jurisdiction over marriage. [10] He advocates for free market capitalism. He supports the right to keep and bear arms and strongly opposes the war in Iraq, calling it ungodly, immoral, and unconstitutional. [11] He supports the right to homeschool and believes the federal government should not regulate or fund education.

Abortion is the ending of a pregnancy by removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus before it can survive outside the uterus. An abortion that occurs without intervention is known as a miscarriage or spontaneous abortion. When deliberate steps are taken to end a pregnancy, it is called an induced abortion, or less frequently "induced miscarriage". The unmodified word abortion generally refers to an induced abortion. A similar procedure after the fetus has potential to survive outside the womb is known as a "late termination of pregnancy" or less accurately as a "late term abortion".

The Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would define marriage in the United States as a union of one man and one woman. The FMA would also prevent judicial extension of marriage rights to same-sex or other unmarried heterosexual couples. An amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires the support of two thirds of each house of Congress and ratification by three fourths of the states. The last Congressional vote on the proposed amendment occurred in the House of Representatives on July 18, 2006, when the motion failed 236 to 187, falling short of the 290 votes required for passage in that body. The Senate has only voted on cloture motions with regard to the proposed amendment, the last of which was on June 7, 2006, when the motion failed 49 to 48, falling short of the 60 votes required to allow the Senate to proceed to consideration of the proposal and the 67 votes required to send the proposed amendment to the states for ratification.

Right to keep and bear arms

The right to keep and bear arms is the people's right to possess weapons (arms) for their own defense. Only few countries recognize people's right to keep and bear arms and protect it on statutory level, and even fewer protect the right on constitutional level.

In an October 2004 Washington Journal interview with Robb Harleston, Peroutka stated that "there is one race and that's the human race". [12] In 2006, he voted in favor of disaffiliating the Independent American Party of Nevada from the Constitution Party due to their allowance for abortion in certain circumstances. [13] In 2012, the Montgomery Advertiser reported that he was the single-biggest donor to Roy Moore's 2012 campaign for the Alabama Supreme Court, having contributed $50,000 of the total $78,000 received by Moore until December 31, 2011. [14]

<i>Washington Journal</i> American political call-in and interview television series on the C-SPAN network

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The Independent American Party of Nevada (IAPN) is the former Nevada affiliate of the Constitution Party of the United States. It is not to be confused with the national party of the same name. It was founded in 1967. It was one of four Constitution state parties that had not changed its name to "Constitution Party" since the national party adopted that name until it was later discontinued. As the Nevada party's name predated the national Constitution Party by decades and also for personal reasons, the Nevada membership did not desire to change the name.

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On December 6, 2012, the Human Rights Campaign called Peroutka an "active white supremacist and secessionist sympathizer" due to links to the League of the South. [15] [16] Peroutka told The Baltimore Sun that he "continues to be a proud member of the League of the South," since it "has a belief that the central government is too large, too spend-thrift and too out-of-control," but he called HRC's characterization of him as a white-supremacist sympathizer "absurd" and "not at all true." [17]

In 2012, a video of Peroutka showed asking a group to stand for the national anthem, then leading them in Dixie . [18] [19] In September 9, 2013, he stated, "all elevation or denigration of individuals or groups based on skin color is immoral and shameful." [20] [21] In October 2014, during his campaign for County Council, Peroutka announced that he had resigned from the board of directors of the League of the South and was no longer a member after having discovered statements made by members that were "contrary to [his] beliefs". [18]

Split from the National Constitution Party

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 stated "At this point I could not, in good faith, represent the Constitution Party nor endorse any of its candidates. Unless serious changes occur, I could not run for President in 2008." [22]

Peroutka's supporters, however, collected enough signatures to get his name approved as a write-in candidate in Georgia for the 2008 presidential election. [23]

Republican Party

2014 campaigns

In February 2014, Peroutka switched his voter registration from Constitution Party to Republican and filed to run for a seat on the Anne Arundel County Council as well as a seat on the county's Republican Central Committee. [24] Peroutka won the seat on the Central Committee, becoming an official representative of the Republican Party in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Peroutka also won the primary election for county council from District 5 on June 24, defeating a number of other Republican candidates, including the incumbent councilman, Republican Dick Ladd. He won by 38 votes over Maureen Carr-York to become the Republican nominee in the November 2014 general election. [25] Peroutka won in the general election with 53 percent of the vote and a lead of nearly 1,900 votes over his Democratic opponent. [1] [26] Peroutka, along with the rest of the council, was sworn in on December 1, 2014. [26]

2018 campaign

Running for reelection from District 5 in June 2018, Peroutka lost the Republican primary to candidate Amanda Fiedler, 53 percent to 47 percent. [27]


In May 2014, Peroutka, acting on behalf of the Elizabeth Streb Peroutka foundation, a small family charity he and his brother Stephen established and named after their mother, donated an Allosaurus skeleton to the Creation Museum, [28] a 70,000-square-foot museum in Petersburg, Kentucky that promotes a young Earth creationist explanation of the origins of the universe based on Biblical literalism.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Howard Phillips
Constitution nominee for President of the United States
Succeeded by
Chuck Baldwin