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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 Severna Park and other parts of Anne Arundel County, the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland, as well as parts of 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.

Chet Brewer May 24, 2012 at 11:29 PM
So andy harris supported a bankrupt shyster for president, a fine businessman who managed to bankrupt what was essentially a lobbying business. But he feels free to rail against deficit spending. I wonder if he has been paying attention to how well the spending cuts and budget balancing has been working in Europe. I guess these tea party folks won't be happy until we have a second great depression
Amy Leahy May 28, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Correction for the author - Andy Harris's Congressional District 1 no longer includes Severna Park. And that should make you very happy, Chet Brewer. Also the possibility of having Donna Edwards, a self proclaimed Democrat Socialist as your new Representative (if she wins in the fall) must give you thrills. Congressman Harris's parents immigrated to the United States from Communist countries. He understands pretty well what we are up against with Obama's policies and the socialist-leaning railing against capitalism. If our country continues on the current path led by Obama you may get your wish for bankruptcy. I do support Andy Harris's re-election campaign even though I now cannot vote for him. His knowledge of the issues; his past experience as a state legislator and the fact that he still works a real job qualify him in my mind as a strong candidate.
Chet Brewer May 28, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Amy, somehow I don't think she proclaimed herself a socialist, although the tea party sloganeers have designated anyone who they disagree with as a socialist. Do i like Ms Edwards, no not very much, on the other hand Mr Harris is a rabid anti-abortionist who does not believe in insurance covering birth control and thinks his so-called moral values trump everyone else. He loves the kids in the womb and spits on the kids outside the womb, believes that folks should be imprisoned idefinitely without a trial, supports reading your email with no warrant, and wants the wild west with everyone armed. At least those are the votes he made in the house. A really fine tea party fellow.
Amy Leahy May 28, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Donna Edward's name appears on this list of 70 members of congress who are self-avowed socialists as members of the Democratic Socialists of America. http://www.wnd.com/2010/08/191605/ Chet, you need to check your facts instead of calling names ("rabid anti-abortionist?" - now that's an oxymoron if you ask me) and making outrageous assumptions based on nothing but personal prejudice.
TC May 29, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Amy - This list seems to only appear on an extremely right winged website. Not exactly credible in my opinion. Fact checks? Bahahahaha!

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