Congressman Harris Says He's Saving Campaigning for Fall

U.S. Rep. Andy Harris said he would actively campaign for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney if requested.

delivered a passionate critique on federal spending during a on Wednesday afternoon—but when asked about upcoming congressional and presidential elections, he appeared more than a little disinterested.

"We're six months out. People don't want to pay attention to that until after Labor Day. Right now, we're taking care of the district. There will be plenty of time for the election in the fall," he said.

According to his campaign website, his most recent campaign appearance included marching in the Kent Island Days Parade with the Queen Anne's County Republicans on May 19. But, otherwise, his campaign events have been sparse compared to the spring before his last election.

Harris represents Maryland's 1st congressional district, which includes the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland, as well as parts of Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Harford counties. The anesthesiologist and former state senator was elected in November 2010.

The congressman's prepared remarks during the meeting made no mention of his general election opponent, , a Democratic community leader and fellow Cockeysville resident.

Following the meeting, Harris declined to comment on any perceived advantages he has over Rosen. He reportedly has raised more than $1 million in campaign funds during the 2011-2012 election cycle, while Rosen has raised just under $130,000, according to The Center for Responsive Politics.

"The bottom line is people are going to decide whether or not I represented the district well, and that's my job is to represent the district well. If I do it well, I think they'll return me to Congress," Harris said.

While Harris lambasted several of President Barack Obama's policies during the meeting, he did not mention presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.

Harris switched his endorsement from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to Romney in late April.

After the meeting, however, Harris reaffirmed his support for Romney.

"I think if the election were held today, [Romney] would be the president," he said.

"I'm certainly willing to go and campaign for him. I'm not sure how much of a campaign there's going to be in Maryland," Harris said. "Most people don't consider Maryland a swing state, but if Mr. Romney or his campaign wanted me to go elsewhere and work on his behalf, I would be more than happy to."

Do you support Rep. Andy Harris' reelection campaign? Do you believe he has a strong advantage over opponent Wendy Rosen? Tell us in the comments.

Donna McDonough May 23, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I hate to think that he would be re-elected. But I'm a realist, and I don't think Wendy Rosen has a great chance because of her lack of name recognition. I received a phone call and email from "my Congressman" that he was having the community meeting. What a joke! Everyone I know works during the day. I've come to believe that he doesn't want to hear from his constituents. I've emailed him and never received a response. He is an elitist member of the 1% who has no connection to the rest of us. Of course he will work for Romney. They are both 1%ers!
Karl Schuub May 24, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I've spoken with Harris...he's neither the elitist you pretend, nor avoiding constituents. In real worlds where the rest of us live being in the top 1% doesn't mean you're a loser, it means you've been sucessful, either educated yourself or worked very hard. You have a problem with that? Maybe he doesn't respond because your emails make as much sense here as what you sent to him.
Paul Amirault May 24, 2012 at 12:32 AM
You are right, he is not an elitist. His first question upon entering Congress on Jan. 3, 2010 was, "What do you mean I have to wait until the 1st of February for my health insurance to be effective?" Translation: what kind of place are you running here Judge? Welcome to our world, Dr. Harris.
Tim May 24, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Honestly Donna, your rage isn't exactly guided properly. Let's not make a mistake. He's a politician. Democrats are far from immune to this same behavior and tactics. I actually agree with the general assessment of this country's finances. I just completely disagree with their suggested approach to "fixing it".
Mark Patro May 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I agree with Donna. Who is he talking to at 1 o'clock in the afternoon? It certainly isn't working people.
AG May 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I agree with Tim. From inside contacts, I know he is better than Kratovil & Gilchrest, but he is still just another politician.
Jae May 24, 2012 at 01:00 PM
It's the 1%ers who are the entrepreneurs, the same people who provide jobs so that we can make a living! Hats off to the 1%ers!
Karl Schuub May 24, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Agreed, yes he's a politician. Attack him on his record then...anything other than accusing someone of being financially successful. Since when is doing well considered a crime? As hard as these morons work trying to demonize the successful I might suggest it's beginning to backfire and in a big way. Nobody with half an ounce of brain matter thinks branding success as failure achieves anything other than giving a voice to the petty and jealous.
Escariot May 24, 2012 at 01:43 PM
You hit it spot on Karl. Now Romney is leading in major polling demographics. Nothing was funnier than seeing Booker and other dems like Patrick in Massachussets backing Bain capital to the chagrin of the current president. Booker and Patrick know that successful capital expands businesses and creates wealth for 401 k retirement plans, even those of the 99 percenters. It was also humorous to see that the SEIU is paying 4,000 dollars a month to feed, organize, and shelter the occupy spacers. Seeing Jay Carney not have a non-slurred response to the president's backing after the chicago violence took the cake for me.
wilson May 24, 2012 at 03:06 PM
u sound smart . u one of them 1% . huh ?
John Doe May 24, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Harris is one of the 88%ers in Congress.
John Doe May 24, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Karl, the cast from Jersey Shore are considered the 1% - have you seen their work ethics?
Tim May 24, 2012 at 06:17 PM
The successful are only demonized due to the fact that they stack the laws to work in their favor, and screw the middle class. Karl, I don't think most people begrudge the wealthy for being wealthy alone. If our tax system were actually fair, we wouldn't have such a polarization fo wealth in this country. Trickle down economics has done little more then "Trickle Up" all the money to the wealthy. Convenient. I actually am refusing to vote for him based on his record. Specifically, his decision to sign the Norquist pledge. There are other reasons, but none more important to me then this signing away of any ability to raise revenue in a country with a deficiit where we've just hit 100% debt/GDP ratio. We are not going to just cut our way out of this debt issue - especially while saving our Department of Offense (oops, I mean Defense) We are not going to be able to tax/spend our way out of this either. Even the most liberal Democrats have to see this. The answer is balanced between cuts (especially the military), tax increases, and most importantly - tax reform.
John Doe May 30, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Andy was backing Newt Gingrich? I guess family values/abiding to marriage vows would have been a non-issue for Andy this election cycle.
John Doe June 12, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Houston, we have a problem...Lindsey Graham, (R)Senator, of South Carolina says to not sign "no new tax" pledge - he must have made this decision in one of those "smoke-filled rooms" Andy talks about. I guess we will see Andy in South Carolina campaigning for the Democrat against Lindsey Graham.
lierry benks June 12, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Tim, Defend the 1%ers all you want. But remember most of them were given their status by their mommies and daddies big money. For the most part they haven't created jobs, but used the system to benefit themselves. Very few of the 1%ers started off poor and made themselves into wealthy entrepreneurs. Look at Romney. His daddy sent him to one of the most expensive prep schools in the country, then to Harvard then overseas to France. Yeah, he really worked hard for what he got.
Ron Pagano August 20, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I agree that, regardless of wealth, it is a politician's record that should form the basis of our support. Unfortunately, Andy's record for the 1st District (and America, in general) is not worth supporting. He has failed to bring jobs to the District...in fact, he has been actively involved in chasing jobs out of the District, including PO and Prime Contractors. His failure to support environmental issues, most notably, Bay pollution, will eventually cost our watermen their livelihoods. He also supports fracking, and is totally against research in alternative energy (solar, wind, etc)...maybe, because he receives large contributions from the Kochs and other oil/energy groups? There are many other issues Harris has decided aren't important, including drought relief for our farmers, financial aid for our students and SS or Medicare for our seniors. Probably no surprise, but Harris has publicly endorsed the Ryan Budget, which calls for a medical voucher program to replace Medicare (total add'l out-of-pocket for seniors = $6000/yr+) and privatizing SS (yeah, we need to give our retirement benefits to the banks to "take care of", like they took care of our mortgage industry! All in all, for those who believe in looking at an incumbent's record...it's time to send Andy back to the operating room, where he excels in putting people to sleep! Check out WendyRosenforCongress.com...she is at 50,000 jobs (created) and counting!


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