Now Andy Har­ris needs to de­liver

The Star Democrat - - OPINION -

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


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