Now Andy Harris needs to deliver
For many of us in Talbot County, Tuesday night was deeply disappointing. Andy Harris retained his First District seat over challenger Jesse Colvin despite Harris’ paper-thin record of accomplishment (in eight years, he has introduced only one piece of legislation that passed — the renaming of a post office). Now, in the election’s aftermath, it is imperative for all district residents to make sure Harris delivers on his campaign promises.
So here is a list to get started:
1. Harris repeatedly suggested — and sent out mailers — stating that Colvin’s inexperience would hurt the Eastern Shore even though it was clear that Democrats would take the House and Colvin would then be in the majority. Since this was a central point to the Harris campaign, we should all expect Harris to produce results using that “experience” he said he has gained from four full terms.
2. During the campaign, Harris flatly stated “my position on pre-existing conditions is clear. I believe they should be covered.” We need to hold him to that position and we need to insure he votes that way at every opportunity, with whichever party is sponsoring the legislation.
3. Most of Harris’ campaign money came from PACs, including large sums from the pharmaceutical industry and physician specialists like himself (many of whom dislike the idea of access to health care for all because it reduces their personal profits). Will Harris stand with his voters and against these interest groups when needed?
4. Harris said during the campaign that he would “stand up to Trump” even though the “538” political analysis blog has shown Harris siding with Trump nearly 90 percent of the time.
Well, Trump has now fired his attorney general and put the Justice Department under oversight of a partisan who opposes the Mueller investigation. We need to monitor everything Harris says and does on this subject.
Whatever your party, you know that our country is lurching toward a Nixonian constitutional crisis. Will Harris stand for the rule of law and against obstruction of justice? Hint to Mr. Harris: The Watergate history has been fully written and the heroes of that Saturday Night Massacre were not the legislators who sided with Nixon.
Andy Harris made a lot of promises to retain his seat. It is now up to all of us to make sure he keeps them. KRISTIN HUCKSHORN