Harris bypasses Kratovil, aims for Pelosi
A victory statement from Republican state Sen. Andy Harris has just hit our inbox. What stands out: Harris bypasses any mention of his Democratic opponent, Rep. Frank Kratovil, to aim instead for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Harris has defeated businessman Rob Fisher in the GOP First Congressional District primary to earn a rematch with Kratovil. Kratovil beat Harris in 2008 to win the First, which takes in all of the Eastern Shore plus parts of Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford counties.
“I am honored to be the Republican nominee in the First District,” Harris says in the statement. “Despite being heavily outspent, I am humbled by the outpouring of support for my campaign today from all areas of the First District – each and every county.
"But today’s Primary was just the first step in stopping Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats’ job-killing policies.
"The First District wants someone with a proven record of cutting spending and fiscal discipline representing them in Washington. I’m proud to be the only candidate in the General Election who will protect small businesses and stop Washington's out-of-control spending and taxation.”
Harris, who lives in Baltimore County, watched the returns with supporters in Salisbury, a nod to the importance of the Eastern Shore -- which casts half the district's votes -- to his election hopes. Kratovil carried the counties of the Eastern Shore en route to his narrow victory two years ago.
A theme emerges: Harris wore a red “Fire Pelosi” button pinned to the pocket of his blue dress shirt Tuesday night, and told Baltimore Sun colleague Paul West he was looking “forward in the next seven weeks, in my race, to taking back the House” from the Democratic speaker.