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Rep. Andy Harris is out of touch with voters [Letter]

I heartily agree with your editorial concerning Rep. Andy Harris ("The Harris boycott," July 7).

I have always been proud to be a Marylander. We have some of the most progressive legislators in Washington, from Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin to Reps. Elijah Cummings and Chris Van Hollen.

Then there's Andy Harris. Somehow he was elected to represent Maryland's First District, where I live, in Washington. What an embarrassment he has been.

Each time he opens his mouth it gets worse. Mr. Harris is playing to the tea party zealots nationwide because he is not in tune with the people in Maryland.

From inciting voters in town hall meetings about the Affordable Care Act to his latest proposal to block the District of Columbia's marijuana program, Mr. Harris shows how out of touch he is. Doesn't he realize that Maryland just voted to decriminalize some cases of marijuana possession?

What about an amendment that would actually improve public health — he is a doctor isn't he? He could actually use his medical studies to assist people, not penalize them.

When redistricting occurred in 2011, I was hopeful that our community would be represented by a more progressive legislator. But no — the first district has that little dog's leg that snared people in my Towson community once again.

I cannot understand why voters on the Eastern Shore continue to support him. He is nothing more than a carpetbagger.

Barbara Tyler, Towson

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