Michael Pullen an­nounces run for con­gres­sional district

Times-Record - - News - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com

— “So why am I run­ning? We have a cri­sis in lead­er­ship in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.,” Michael Pullen said to a group of sup­port­ers on Tues­day evening. “I’m run­ning be­cause of what John Kennedy said, 56 years ago to the day of Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion.”

“What he said was that he was un­will­ing to wit­ness or per­mit the slow un­do­ing of those hu­man rights to which this na­tion has al­ways been com­mit­ted,” Pullen said. “And to which we are com­mit­ted to­day at home and around the world.”

For­mer Tal­bot County At­tor­ney Michael Pullen an­nounced on Tues­day, Aug. 8, that he is run­ning for the District 1 con­gres­sional seat to rep­re­sent Maryland in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Pullen an­nounced his can­di­dacy in front of a crowd of about 150 peo­ple at his cam­paign head­quar­ters, 36 S. Wash­ing­ton St. in Eas­ton.

That con­gres­sional seat has been oc­cu­pied by U.S. Rep. Andy Har­ris, R-Md.-1st, since 2011.

“The food to­day is from Har­ris Teeter,” Ryan Ewing said, who is Pullen’s cam­paign man­ager. “I don’t know — maybe it’s the ring to it, ‘Har­ris Teeter’?”

“Well, if there’s any­body who can make Har­ris teeter, it’s this guy right here,” he said.

In Tal­bot County, Pullen was the county’s very first in­house, full time at­tor­ney that kept var­i­ous Tal­bot County coun­cils fol­low­ing the law as they framed leg­is­la­tion over the course of 24 years.

Pullen served un­der five dif­fer­ent Tal­bot County coun­cils.

“He has worked with both Repub­li­cans and Democrats to get things done,” Ewing said.

For Pullen, the burn­ing cam­paign is­sues are health care, jobs and ed­u­ca­tion, but also pa­tri­o­tism.

He said his in­tro­duc­tion to pol­i­tics be­gan as a child when he heard the in­au­gu­ra­tion speech of John F. Kennedy on Jan­uary 20, 1961.

“I re­mem­ber hear­ing that Bos­ton ac­cent and lis­ten­ing to that in­spir­ing call to ser­vice for all Amer­i­cans to serve their coun­try,” Pullen said. He said he was glad to be an Amer­i­can that day.

“Fifty-six years later to the day, Jan­uary 20, 2017, we had an­other in­au­gu­ra­tion,” Pullen said.

“This time I marched the next day with hun­dreds of thou­sands of women and men across the United States in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and mil­lions of peo­ple across the world,” Pullen said.

“And we marched be­cause we knew this pres­i­dent was go­ing to adopt poli­cies that weren’t go­ing to take us for­ward but backward,” he said.

Pullen quoted some health care statis­tics, say­ing that we are No. 11 among all other na­tions in the world in terms of health care, over­all qual­ity of care and over­all re­sults.

“We also pay more for pre­scrip­tion drugs than any other coun­try in the world,” he said.

“I’m in fa­vor of uni­ver­sal health care,” Pullen said to loud ap­plause.

“You may have heard about the wind farm re­cently ap­proved by the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion,” Pullen said. “Two de­vel­op­ers were go­ing to cre­ate a wind farm off of Ocean City.”

“That was go­ing to cre­ate 9,700 direct and in­di­rect jobs for Mary­lan­ders,” Pullen said. “It was go­ing to re­quire an in­vest­ment of $1.8 bil­lion in the Mar yland econ­omy.”

“And it was go­ing to re­move 19,000 tons of CO2 from the en­vi­ron­ment every year for 20 years,” Pullen said. “Har­ris voted against that.”

“This is not sup­port­ing Amer­i­can work­ers and Amer­i­can jobs,” he said.

He com­pared the abil­ity of col­lege stu­dents to send them­selves through col­lege in the 1970s com­pared to how dif­fi­cult it is to find the money for

col­lege now.

“Ed­u­ca­tion for the 21st cen­tury econ­omy needs to be af­ford­able, job train­ing needs to be af­ford­able,” he said.

“It is a mo­men­tous time,” Ewing said. “It is a his­toric mo­ment here in Amer­ica. When you look at the Congress that we have to­day and what it is that is hap­pen­ing in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.”

“Peo­ple who have never been in­volved in pol­i­tics be­fore are com­ing to the fore­front as a cru­cial time in our his­tory where lead­ers need to step for­ward,” Ewing said. “Peo­ple who have never been in­volved in pol­i­tics be­fore but want to make a dif­fer­ence now. Mike Pullen is one of those lead­ers.”

“There are not many can­di­dates that are built for the First Con­gres­sional District,” Ewing said. “It’s an ex­pan­sive district — it’s huge. It’s the en­tire Eastern Shore. Nine coun­ties and that’s not even half the pop­u­la­tion. We got three other coun­ties on the western shore.”

He said Pullen has spent the last few weeks tour­ing District 1, be­gin­ning in Car­roll County where he went to Na­tional Night Out north of West­min­ster, then talked to peo­ple across Har­ford County and Ce­cil county.

He was at the Bless­ing of the Com­bines in Snow Hill last week­end.

“If you want this name to catch on, fine,” Ewing said. “I’ve been call­ing him ‘Mike the trac­tor Pullen.’ He’s de­pend­able. He’s a work­horse.”

“We are used to politi­cians who are show horses, flashin-the-pan,” Ewing said. “This guy’s a work­horse.’

Ewing said an­other one of their cam­paign slo­gans is “Pullen for us.”

“We haven’t had any­body pulling for the Eastern Shore for a long time,” Ewing said.

Last sum­mer, dur­ing the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Phil­a­del­phia, Pullen served as a del­e­gate for pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Bernie San­ders.

Last year he was one of the founders of the grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tion Tal­bot Ris­ing.

“We are Amer­i­can pa­tri­ots be­cause we are un­will­ing to stand by and watch the hu­man rights, which this coun­try has al­ways stood for, for it’s 230year his­tory be un­done by the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Pullen said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Pullen, visit his cam­paign web­site at http://pul­len­for.us/. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ chrisp_s­tar­dem. Email me at cpolk@star­dem.com.

BY CHRIS POLK/CPOLK@STAR­DEM.COM

Pullen talks to sup­port­ers out­side his Eas­ton cam­paign head­quar­ters Tues­day, an­nounc­ing he’s run­ning for Congress.

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