I see that Andy Harris, perhaps aware that he has an election coming up, is now doing some “town halls” – not in-person sessions, but phone calls where all the questions are screened ahead of time. I guess it’s better than nothing. Based on my conversations with friends, neighbors, and colleagues, here are ten big questions for Rep. Harris that I believe voters deserve answers to heading into the fall election:
- Now that the international firefighters’ association has censured you, do you regret voting against the 9/11 victims’ compensation fund and against survival benefits for spouses of first responder suicide victims?
- As someone who claims to be a proud veteran, why did you betray veterans by voting against legislation to provide health care to vets injured by exposure to burn pits?
- If the conservative position is that abortion should be decided by the states, why do you support a nationwide ban with no exceptions for rape, incest, or health of the mother?
- You met with Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and others at the White House in December 2020 at the White House to plan overturning a free and fair presidential election. Why did you do that? What was your role in those discussions?
- Taxpayers have paid you over $2 million in salary over the last 12 years, during which you have passed one bill – to rename a post office. Are you proud of this record of accomplishment?
- Do you think your highly politicized, campaign-style mailers and radio ads are an appropriate use of public funds?
- Capitol Police officers risked their own lives to protect you on January 6, 2021. Why did you vote against awarding them Congressional Gold Medals?
- In a district where so many lives and livelihoods depend on the health of the Chesapeake Bay, how do you justify your 3% lifetime voting score from the League of Conservation Voters and your denial of the reality of human-caused climate change?
- How do you explain to parents your vote against legislation to ease the baby formula shortage?
- Is it right for you to take credit for local projects funded by bills you voted against, like that new ambulance down in Pocomoke City?