Dear PoPville – Getting Back at MD Representative Andy Harris


Also from the forum:

“MD Representative Andy Harris is at it again… He has written legislation to block the legalization of Marijuana in DC, a law for which over 65% of the DC population voted in favor.

I say that since it seems that he is so interested in having an effect on the laws of our city, that we should all call into his office with our requests for what he can do to improve our city. Beware that he will probably try to do the exact opposite of what we want.

What is even more amusing about what he is doing is that if you try to e-mail him through his website, you have to use a zip code verification form to even be able to send him an e-mail, and DC zip codes do not work. I had to use a different form to send him a message with my thoughts.

Please join me in doing as much as we can to annoy Rep. Harris for trying to get involved in the policies of our city, of which he is NOT a resident.”

Also a few folks have tweeted me from reddit:

“My fellow Washingtonians, Rep. Andy Harris doesn’t give a damn about District residents or our rights, so let’s blacklist him! We can generate and distribute signs/stickers/posters with his face, words like “Persona non Grata” (or something similar), and ask local businesses to display them. We could also put up signs with similar messages all around the District.

Technically, what he’s doing is legal, but we all know that it isn’t right. Hoping my fellow redditors and others will share ideas to make this happen. Let’s show Harris and his staff that if they aren’t going to respect the will of the people, we will protest and disrupt in every way possible until they do.”

Which resulted in a Black List Andy Harris tumblr.

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  • So, yes his tact sucks, but he’s telling the truth.

  • Great ideas here! Let’s also exclude him from our lunch table and refuse to share our crayons with him! What he did is NOT OKAY and as adults capable of self-management we need to take a stand.

  • DC business should all post this sign:

  • just called and spoke to a woman that answered. Apparently he can intervene with DC’s laws but not with my power being out last night. Be sure to give his office a call though, maybe he can help you with your DC-related problem!

  • I can create a Super Pac to target his next race pretty easily, if anyone can write a check. While we would be targeting him for meddling in DC, I suspect his constituents don’t care. So we’ll go after something else. Whatever the research says is best. Even if we don’t win, he’ll have to spend money and energy combatting us. Maybe he’ll move on to the next fight.

    • Maybe he’ll realize if he lets DC smoke pot, we’ll be much more mellow towards him meddling in our local laws…

  • Boycott Ocean City! Head to Bethany or Rehoboth.

  • Also, if you’d like to use the contact form on his website, here’s all the zip codes in his district. This will let you submit a constituent form.

    21001 21009 21012 21013 21014 21015 21018 21023 21028 21030 21031 21032 21034 21047 21050 21051 21054 21057 21078 21082 21084 21085 21087 21092 21093 21108 21111 21113 21122 21128 21131 21136 21144 21146 21156 21162 21206 21225 21226 21234 21236 21240 21286 21401 21402 21403 21404 21405 21411 21412 21601 21606 21607 21609 21610 21612 21613 21617 21619 21620 21622 21623 21624 21625 21626 21627 21628 21629 21631 21632 21634 21635 21636 21638 21639 21640 21641 21643 21644 21645 21647 21648 21649 21650 21651 21652 21653 21654 21655 21656 21657 21658 21659 21660 21661 21662 21663 21664 21665 21666 21667 21668 21669 21670 21671 21672 21673 21675 21676 21677 21678 21679 21681 21682 21683 21684 21685 21687 21690 21801 21802 21803 21804 21810 21811 21813 21814 21817 21821 21822 21824 21826 21829 21830 21835 21836 21837 21838 21840 21841 21842 21843 21849 21850 21851 21852 21853 21856 21857 21861 21862 21863 21864 21865 21866 21867 21869 21871 21872 21874 21875 21890 21901 21902 21903 21904 21911 21912 21913 21914 21915 21916 21917 21918 21919 21920 21921 21922 21930

    • epric002

      you can also submit a “website problem” form under the “contact me” tab at the top of the page. just for starters, a problem with his website is that it says he represents the 1st district of md, not the district of columbia. i could see how that could be confusing. they do both have the word “district” in them.

    • One effective way to annoy him and his staff may be to send emails and letters as constituents. Congressional staff often have to answer ever email/letter from constituents, and the Congressmen often edit/approve of each letter. So one could write in multiple letters on a variety of complex topics… and after all, there’s plenty to complain about in Congress nowadays, so no shortage of reasons to send in opinionated screeds.

  • Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Mr. Harris just won an election 70-30, and whatever time or money someone like DC Super PAC above puts in will be sadly wasted. If a bunch of DC 20-somethings do start a campaign against him, he’ll likely get 75% of his district’s vote next time around. Living in DC doesn’t make people politically savvy, it seems. The best way to stick it to Mr. Harris would be to ignore his idiotic rider and have a commercial pot free-for-all here in the District. I’d spend my time lobbying the mayor-elect and the city council rather than trying to get juvenile payback against this douche.

    • Sorry, no. If you define success as “get him out of office,” then yes, of course these efforts are doomed to failure. If you define it as “annoying the crap out of some of his staffers, and hopefully him,” odds shift in your favor.

    • clevelanddave

      It is actually Dr. Harris, MD. One of the few medical doctors in Congress.

    • Your only evidence that any effort to undermine his seat is based on an election results shows maybe you’re not as politically savvy as you think you are. No one said you had to oppose him in a general. I’m sure there are other Republicans who wouldn’t mind his seat.

      Think big or go home.

    • The best sense would be to through the PAC’s support behind a libertarian-leaning Republic in the primary for Harris’ district for 2016 – one that actually respects the decisions of state and local government. Maryland congressional districts have been gerrymandered to that point that Harris’ is so far right that supporting a Democrat in the general election wouldn’t make any sense.

    • At least calling his office to complain has been entertaining. Poor phone answering interns.

    • west_egg

      “Mr. Harris just won an election 70-30”
      So what you’re saying is, the marijuana referendum is more popular in DC (Passed with 71%) than Harris is in his own district? Good to know!

  • Andy Harris seems like the perfect person to straighten out this visitor parking pass mess.

  • The problem with the Reddit poster is that it lists his entire office staff’s names. Anyone who’s ever worked on the Hill knows that staff assistants who just answer phones or district constituent services folks who mostly help veterans have nothing to do with the representative’s shytty policies or actions. To publicly shame them is unfair.

    • *Sorry, meant Tumblr.

    • His staff made a conscious choice to work for this trollish toad. They need to own their decisions and realize that their choices have consequences. Welcome to adulthood.

      • If he can’t get competent staff because they keep quitting, that makes his life worse. Isn’t that the point? Plus, these are Republican staff – it’s not as if they have a dearth of options.

        Much like taking a job as a Comcast phone rep – you know what you’re signing up for when you sign up to defend something fundamentally reprehensible, like Comcast, United Air, or Andy Harris.

      • No, I agree with BlackEye. These are people who may not agree with him on this particular issue, or may have nothing to do with the policy – note that a number of the folks listed there are constituent caseworkers, who basically help old people get their social security, or part-time employees, who are probably shared with committees. You can put the COS/LD on there if you must, but leave the underpaid rank-and-file staffers out of it.

        Otherwise, you’re essentially blaming employees for the policies/beliefs held by the companies where they work. Do you blame the branch manager at your local Bank of America for the crappy monetary policies and fiscal responsibility the company has demonstrated in the last 6 years? I’m guessing no.

  • I don’t like his meddling in DC affairs, but I voted againt the pot legislation. So, I am conflicted….

    • saf

      The pot is not the essential issue. Home rule is.

      • He is doing this, because he technically can. Congress has control over DC and I very much doubt they’re going to grant it statehood any time soon. I think DC residents should just be allowed to vote in MD congressional elections, so we actually have some representation.

    • west_egg

      So you won’t care when he eventually turns over a different referendum decision that you actually supported?

      • I did not say I don’t care. I said I am conflicted, because if he takes this action, I get my way on the pot bill :^) But I also don’t want him meddling in DC affairs. So there’s the rub. But overall all, yes, looking at the broad picture, I would rather he keep his hands out of our affairs… (Didn’t Congress shoot down another voter passed pot law in the 90s? Is that why I did not get emotionally attached to this latest outcome? I think so).

    • I voted against the pot legislation too, but I still think Harris has no business meddling in D.C. affairs.

  • DC should just do what it wants. What is Congress really going to do about it? If they withhold federal funds, DC can just withhold services that benefit congressmen.

  • It’s a pet peeve of mine when a Congressman does not have the respect for our laws to understand them. Any time Andy Harris says that he is upholding current federal law, he is factually wrong. Under current federal law, Congress intended that the District of Columbia be afforded the same flexibility as a State to legalize marijuana.

    In the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), State law relating to controlled substances supersedes Federal law on conflicting matters (under most circumstances – I’ll skip the technicalities). This part of federal law, specific to CSA, is why States can legalize, and it was the clear intent of Congress to grant that flexibility.

    How does the District shake out in this? Well, the CSA also explicitly treats the District as a State, so we were specifically granted the same local supremacy over federal law on conflicting matters under CSA.

    This doesn’t mean that Congress can’t do what they did. It doesn’t reduce Congress’ power to oversee the District. It doesn’t mean that we have any additional grounds to challenge the restriction on the use of our funds in the omnibus. It just means that Rep. Harris doesn’t know the federal law relating to controlled substances, and he is acting counter to its intent.

    • Either you haven’t read the CSA or you don’t understand it. The CSA supercedes any conflicting state law on controlled substances, not the other way around. DOJ has simply made a policy decision to not enforce the CSA prohibitions on marijuana in states that have legalized it.

    • Basically every sentence in this comment is wrong.

  • Even more insulting than the language overturning the legal marijuana referendum is the language that prohibits the District of Columbia from using locally raised tax revenue to advocate for voting representation in the House and Senate. That makes me angry! BLLAAARRRRGH!

  • The irony is that far right principles dictate that local rule based on the votes of a local constituency should be the rule of the nation, not an intrusive federal government. That is what these bastards need to get called out on: hypocrisy.

  • The solution is to move the Federal Capital to another place more in sync with much of the rest of the country. That should make affordable housing more plentiful here. More money to spend on weed for DC residents.

  • What a scumbag. I voted against Measure 71, but I respect the will of the clear majority. I would like to take more direct action on this. Where is DC Vote on this?

  • Just curious, show of hands if you took any action when appointed judges overturn state petitioned law like abortion bans? Is unelected folks overturning laws we don’t like somehow better than elected folks overturning laws we do like?

  • Andy Harris is an absolute TROLL. I support doing anything to call him out on his goblin ways.

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