4th District Profile: Marcus Carey wants strategic federal cuts, including his own pay if elected

05/17/2012 06:00 PM

(SECOND IN A SERIES) — Marcus Carey’s goal of going to Congress is not just to cut government spending, it’s to direct the budget knife at specific areas like foreign aid and the U.S. Department of Education while preserving federal benefits of Medicare and Social Security.

Carey, a lifelong Northern Kentucky Republican and a lawyer who lives in Owen County, said in a February interview on Pure Politics that he would voluntarily cut his own congressional pay, if elected (see 4:30 of the interview segment later on in this post). He said that in an interview segment that aired Feb. 29 — before rival candidate Thomas Massie pledged to give back federal pension payments if he’s elected.

Pure Politics’ Don Weber profiled Carey, who is one of several candidates vying for the GOP nomination in the 4th Congressional district running without raising money:

Carey, through his work as an attorney, has counseled people through some of their darkest times.

He has first-hand knowledge of what that’s like. In 1971, when he was 18, a 16-year-old passenger died in the car he was driving after it spun out of control. Carey was convicted of negligent homicide and sentenced to a year in jail — all but 30 days of which was commuted, according to a March 31, 2006, article in the Kentucky Enquirer published while Carey was running for a Kentucky Supreme Court seat.

Carey, when asked about that, said he only recently came to terms with it.

“I spent an awful lot of years very, very down about that,” he said in the profile. He said since then he has lived a life of atonement.

On the issues, Carey said in a February interview on Pure Politics that he’d like to see the United States get more involved in Syria (0:20 of the interview below), how the government can afford to meet its obligations and what to cut (2:50) — including a pledge to cut his own pay if elected (4:30).

You also view Carey’s previous interview from March to see why he decided to run and how he planned to run. And you can check out Carey’s voting participation record

And for more on the issues, you can watch how the 4th Congressional District Republicans compare on education, philosophy, federal spending and Medicaid in their April 30 debate at Northern Kentucky University and an April 25 forum in Oldham County.

(Throughout the week, Pure Politics is airing profiles of the candidates running for Congress in Northern Kentucky’s 4th District for the open seat being vacated by Congressman Geoff Davis. The candidates include Carey, Tom Wurtz , Brian Oerther, Alecia Webb-Edgington, Gary Moore, Walt Schumm and Thomas Massie, as well as a profile of the Democratic primary between Bill Adkins and Greg Frank.)

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