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November 4, 2010

Andy wants Ag

Congressman-elect Andy Harris wants to fill Rep. Frank Kratovil's shoes in more than one way.

Not only will he be taking the First District congressional seat in the next Congress. He'd also like to be a member of the House Agriculture Committee, where Kratovil currently serves.

The assignment would be a way to stay in touch with an important part of his district's base, the farm economy, chickens and otherwise, on the Eastern Shore.

Harris said in a post-election interview he won't know for a while what other committees he'll be offered. The anesthesiologist wants to play a role on health care issues, including the GOP effort to roll back the Democratic overhaul already going into effect.

Meantime, no post-election beach vacation for Andy, at least not right away. He was back in the operating room this morning.

Posted by Paul West at 10:33 AM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Maryland election 2010


Of course! There's a lot of money for Andy to make from the ag interests.

Mr. Harris wants to work for healthcare legislation rollback. Does anyone get that repeal is directly connected to Dr, Harris's pocketbook. He, and any other physician should not be allowed to vote on any healthcare legislation that is directly connected to his pocketbook. It is called a conflict of interest. Same ole Same ole - look out for number 1. Hope Mr. Kratovil takes notes and if Dr. Harris votes make that vote a large part of of another run for Mr. Kratovil.

The previous two posters must be left wing extremists to believe what they are saying. It is a difference of philosophy, the voters of the first district rejected Kravitol's in favor of Harris.

Mariann has no idea what she is talking about...when Obama claimed he would be able to expand healthcare to nearly everyone in the country without increasing the deficit is just ridiculous...what obama and company left out of the bill initially and was later added was what they call the "doctors fix"...yes unfortunately doctors do need to be paid to take care of all of with the doctors fix physicians actually make the same amount so what Dr Harris is concerned about is not his pocket book it has to do with the freedom/power for him to care for his patients without having to follow certain govt panel protocals

I'm so glad Andy was elected. I've watched his politics for a while now, and he's a good American.

We're lucky to have him in Washington.

Lucky the have Andy Harris? Were you watching when he threatened to cut funding to the entire University System of Maryland over a movie theater on the UMCP campus? Not only was his position out of line with the First Amendment but it was a complete over reaction and abuse of power. I also expect he will take the government funded healthcare, just to add hypocrisy to his resume as well.

What is hypocritical about someone wanting to take advantage of his/her employer's medical benefits? Is it hypocritical because his employer happens to be the US government?
Would you prefer to pay for your health insurance by yourself or have your employer pay for a majority of it?


What is hypocritical is for someone to fight against government provided healthcare with the argument that 1) government should not do that, 2) government cannot do that efficiently, and then accept government provided healthcare, and complain that they are not getting it soon enough. Andy just wants government provided healthcare for himself and not for anyone else - and he will use any argument necessary - honest or not - to prevent the ordinary citizen from geting it.

Sounds like you have to agree with Vicki's politics for her to consider you a good American. We've been down that ugly road before.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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