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Now that the dust has settled, pseu-Dem Wendy Rosen is out and primary runner-up John LaFerla is going to tackle a hopeless write-in campaign, teabag icon Andy Harris has bailed on the two scheduled candidate debates.

One was sponsored by the League of Women Voters. There was a time when you didn't diss them. So what's Andy thinking?

Instead, he will hold "town meetings." if they're like the last round, they will be a half-hour of a Doc Andy PowerPoint lecture followed by a few questions he'll spend 10 minutes answering ... By repeating talking points from the first half hour.

This is in line with his behavior so far, which consists of very short PR emails where he repeats anti-Obama talking points. He is an assiduous constituent ducker who's been unseen until the last couple months.

You have to wonder what he's more afraid of: voters, or a challenger.

In any event, two things would be great to see:

- maybe ex-MD-01 congressman Wayne Gilchrest will challenge Andy to a debate, now that our incumbent's schedule has been cleared.

- LaFerla ought to bring a nice chair and a picture of the incumbent to the debates.

Let's see some pointed political humor in this particular contest.
Clint Eastwood might have been talking to a fictional Invisible President, but people in the 1st District have a real invisible officeholder.

Originally posted to dadadata on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 04:18 AM PDT.

Also republished by Maryland Kos.


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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 04:18:16 AM PDT

  •  Why should he debate? (0+ / 0-)

    The Democrats couldn't even field a candidate.

    Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

    by Rich in PA on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 04:47:58 AM PDT

    •  Oh, there's a candidate. (0+ / 0-)

      There were 3 in the Dem primary.

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 07:05:10 AM PDT

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    •  I agree, why should he debate? (0+ / 0-)

      Wende Rosen will be on the ballot but has pulled out. John LeFerla's write in campaign is hopeless.  Why should this radical teahaddist debate?  He might expose his bigoted Neanderthal views (and my apologies to the Neanderthals).  It's sad, but we need to get used to it.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 03:59:20 PM PDT

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  •  I know this district (1+ / 0-)
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    and I truly loathe Harris. Watch him on CSPAN for about five minutes and you'll see why. I wish Gilchrest had announced his interest in returning to politics sooner. I would love to get Harris out of office and I think Gilchrest would have a shot.

    This district is largely along the Chesapeake Bay, and Gilchrest was always about as pro-environment as a Republican can get these days. And he was always highly respected.

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    by Naturegal on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 04:50:58 AM PDT

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