Our U.S. House Representative Andy Harris (MD D-1), along with 125 other House Republicans, signed onto an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General asking the Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 POTUS election results by discarding presidential electors for Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Michigan. Their claim, in part, was that same-day voter registration was in violation of state laws. The Supreme Court refused to hear the case based upon lack of standing and refused to overturn election results. President-Elect Joe Biden will become our 46th President on January 20, 2021.

Shamefully, Dr. Harris continues to attempt to destroy our democracy which is clearly demonstrated by his support of the failed and frivolous Texas lawsuit. He continues to support Trump and his corrupt administration through his efforts to overturn the election and replacing our democratically elected public officials with the chosen wealthy elite. And now the extreme right wing of the Republican party is talking secession in an attempt to ensure that only the wealthy elite have the authority to govern. Needless to say, Dr. Harris’ latest failed stunt would have had the adverse effect of increasing economic, racial, and cultural disparities and installing a want-to-be dictator to continue the downward spiral of the last four years. Dr. Harris has made it abundantly clear that he and his radical cohorts are pulling out all the stops to stomp all over our democracy and install their own chosen leaders.

While I am confident that my many Republican friends still hold democratic values and support our U.S. Constitution and our 2020 election results, I am troubled by Dr. Harris and other far right Republican leaders who continue to fail to call Trump out, continue frivolous attempts to overturn election results without basis or evidence of fraud, and continue to attack our democracy by disenfranchising American voters. This must end NOW.

I urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to refuse to seat the 126 Republicans who signed onto the Texas SCOTUS amicus brief. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment prohibits anyone who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” from holding federal office. This ridiculous lawsuit, continuing attempts to overturn the election, and threats of secession are treasonous and are clearly aimed at undermining our democracy and voter confidence. More importantly, voters must not renew Dr. Harris’ term in 2022. #defeatharris2022

CRYSTAL CRISMOND WOODWARD

Stevensville

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