Activists plan to take D.C. service requests to Md. congressman


Doctor as well as Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md.), with policy staffer John Dutton, right, speaks to engineers at the Modeling and Simulation Expo on Capitol Hill on July 10. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

We’re now about three weeks into the boycott of Maryland’s Eastern Shore called for by D.C. activists upset by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) and his bid to overturn the District’s marijuana decriminalization law.

Regardless of its efficacy — Harris’s district appeared not to be suffering too greatly during a reporter’s drive through on U.S. 50 and U.S. 13 this past weekend — advocates are now taking their next step in needling the Cockeysville anesthesiologist. The nonprofit D.C. Vote is encouraging residents to share their workaday requests for city services with Harris, a campaign inspired by Harris’s comments on WAMU-FM that for those living “in the federal enclave, then Congress is their local legislature.”

D.C. Vote is encouraging residents to deliver those requests to Harris’s D.C. office on Thursday — aka “D.C. Council Member Andy Harris Constituent Service Day” — between 11 a.m. and noon, either by phone or in person. The complaints can include “potholes, rats, building permits, unfair parking tickets – the kind of stuff our real elected officials deal with daily,” an e-mail said. “Be creative! Feel free to bring props, but keep in mind that firearms, explosives, and other dangerous materials are prohibited.”

Harris aides did not reply to an e-mail seeking comment on D.C. Vote’s plans.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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