I must admit that when I heard that Rep. Andy Harris voted against the bill that would give sufficient money to the federal flood insurance program to allow it to disperse funds to those afflicted by Hurricane Sandy, I was a bit surprised ("Congress approves more aid for Sandy's victims," Jan. 5). Virtually all of these affected folk in Maryland, after all, live in his district!
However, I was not totally surprised. My sole encounter with Dr. Harris came in early 2005 when he was our state senator representing Hunt Valley. At that time I had committed to moving my small business to the new Hunt Valley Towne Centre. The Hunt Valley Business Forum arranged a meet and greet networking event for the new merchants at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn. I met many fine folks there. Somewhat to my surprise, Senator Harris also attended — the only politician to do so. About the only thing I knew about Senator Harris was that he was a Republican, and as a previously registered Libertarian, I thought I would find a like mind.
So, without malice or motive, I succinctly described to him how a review of the state and county regulations on my particular type of business might be helpful. After paying what I thought was close attention to my presentation, a wan smile came over his face and without comment, he turned around and walked away from me. I have been racking my brain ever since trying to remember another time someone has been so rude to me in this particular way. It hasn't come to me yet.
So, two questions come to mind: Did any other congressman representing affected areas vote against this appropriation? Will his constituents remember his actions in two years?
At least with me he did not actually slap me in my face.
Geoffrey Connor, Hunt ValleyCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times