Lisa De Pasquale
As readers know, I enjoy profiling conservative candidates in my column. This week I’d like to introduce you to Dan Bongino, who is running against Sen. Ben Cardin in Maryland. Last week Bongino’s campaign got a boost from Sarah Palin. She posted a link to his website and wrote, “Dan has the message and the ability to become the 51st vote in the Senate to repeal Obamacare and give commonsense conservatives the majority.”

Bongino began his career with the New York police department, where he specialized in apprehending serial criminals and spent many hours in undercover operations. Four years later, he joined the U.S. Secret Service. After investigating federal crimes in the New York field office and receiving numerous commendations, he joined the Presidential Protection Division in 2006.

After serving under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Bongino retired in 2011 to run for Senate (see question 12 for who inspired him). In addition to his distinguished career of service, Bongino is also an entrepreneur. He and his wife have several successful businesses, including providing web solutions, footwear for mixed martial arts, and assessing risk for high profile clients.

Bongino started his MMA footwear company out of necessity. He told Muscle & Fitness magazine, “One day, I injured one of my toes grappling and I thought to myself ‘Why not just invent a toe sock for grappling and put a sole on it?’ So that is what we did.”

Entrepreneurs have the ability to identify a problem and take the risk needed to fix the problem. That’s why we need Dan Bongino in the U.S. Senate.

Each week the De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.

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

Stand & Deliver. This is an incredible movie about the power of one man to change what is seen as unchangeable. Both entertaining and touching, the film gets better every time.

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

"Do or do not. There is no try". Yoda from The Empire Strikes Back.

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, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid the "Clockwork Orange treatment," what movie would you make them watch?

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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