The guile and audacity of Rep. Harris to take unhinged positions in support of our amoral and irresponsible president is directly attributable to gerrymandering. He represents a congressional district that is safely and securely Republican. He need not worry about appealing to Democrats and moderate Republicans.
He can climb on the rhetorical limb and fear not its dismantling. He can speak with impunity, unconcerned about the absurdity of his political positions.
When Wayne Gilchrest represented the 1st Congressional District, I felt proud. He exemplified integrity and common sense. His constituent service was superb. He was approachable and down-to-earth. His political stands were not off-putting and off-the-wall.
The 1st District deserves better.
While Harris bemoaned the violence that engulfed our U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, he didn’t criticize the instigator, our disgraceful president. He continues to defend the indefensible.
Amid the chaos created by the inexcusable storming of the Capitol, he voted, along with more than 120 fellow Republicans, to object to presidential vote counts in Arizona and Pennsylvania despite overwhelming evidence of fraud-free results. What kind of elected official votes to nullify the legitimate wishes of the populace?
Harris won’t resign in spite of calls for him to step down. He’s too sure he’s right. His credentials as a medical doctor are overshadowed by his alarming lack of common sense.
I hope that the 1st Congressional District sees fit in 2022 to elect a person who values democracy and civility, and who condemns people and actions that incite attacks on our democracy. That seems a reasonable expectation.