Harris campaign manager moving on, but remains focused on Maryland
Chris Meekins was all smiles for most of the summer. His candidate, state Sen. Andy Harris, had knocked off incumbent Wayne Gilchrest in a congressional primary, and Meekins had been promoted from spokesman to campaign manager.
A win by Harris -- which seemed probable for much of the year -- would make the world his oyster.
But Harris's fortunes faded, and Democrat Frank Kratovil won the 1st District. So instead of going to Capitol Hill as a chief of staff, Meekins is back to the grindstone, drumming up political clients and looking for the next big thing.
"I have joined Jamestown Associates in the D.C. office. Jamestown Associates is a full-service political consulting and public affairs firm specializing in television advertising, direct mail, and issues communication," Meekins said in an email that landed in reporters' in-boxes today. "I will be working with members of Congress on their franked mail, finding new clients, and assisting with the development of direct mail, television, and radio advertisements for races around the country (VA election less than a year away).
"While I enjoyed the 80-100 hour work weeks and the marathon 17-month long campaign, it is nice to be returning to a 'normal' life. I am still living in Maryland and plan to remain involved in Maryland politics. I will continue to advocate for issues I believe in and assist candidates who will move our state in a positive direction."
We wish Chris -- a sharp young political mind with a bright future -- all the best.