Smith Island Pulls Together After Tornado Strikes Chesapeake Bay Community

Baltimore Banner

A day after a tornado touched down on Smith Island in Somerset County, officials were working Friday to restore power to customers there and to clean up debris as neighbors came together in support. Chief Deputy Paul Keplinger of the county sheriff’s office said Friday afternoon that just one person was reported injured while about 20 homes and five or six boats were damaged. He said three or four homes had “major damage” and that many houses remained without power.

As of 3 p.m. Friday, a GoFundMe site, set up to help victims of the tornado and organized by a local photographer, had raised more than $45,900. Jay Fleming, an Annapolis-based photographer who organized the online fundraiser, said he initially hoped to raise a few thousand dollars to be able to help in a small way. As donations continued to pour in, Fleming had to keep increasing the goal amount so that people could continue to donate.

Friday morning, former state Del. Heather Mizeur, a Democrat who is running against U.S. Rep. Andy Harris to represent Maryland’s 1st Congressional District — which includes Smith Island — shared a link to the GoFundMe site via social media.

Mizeur’s campaign also made a $500 donation to the recovery efforts, a spokesman confirmed. About an hour later, Mizeur tweeted criticism of Harris for not yet addressing the storm or recovery efforts.

Jan. 6 Attack Echoes on Maryland’s Eastern Shore as Democrat Heather Mizeur Seeks Inroads in ‘Red’ District of Rep. Andy Harris

Baltimore Sun

The Democratic congressional challenger walked up to the Republican candidates’ booth at the Cecil County Fair, smiled and introduced herself.

“Hi, I’m Heather Mizeur. Nice to meet you,” she said.

There, in a display hall surrounded by funnel cakes, corn dogs and tractors, she talked with a county Republican official about her platform of trying to bridge partisan political differences. Behind the booth hung banners with “GOP HQ” in red lettering, a gun raffle promotion and colorful signs for various Republican candidates, including U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, her opponent in the November election.

“I’m running a campaign that isn’t about whether we are Republicans or Democrats. It’s about solving problems,” Mizeur, who has been endorsed by national progressive groups, told the official. “If I had my way, we would get rid of the political parties. George Washington suggested that we never even have political parties.”

Former Rivals Offer Wes Moore Their Full Support at Democratic Unity Rally

Maryland Matters

They are running against Republicans who have described as unelectable extremists. But Maryland Democrats came together on Monday to declare that they will campaign hard between now and November — and that they will not take any race for granted.

“We know sane versus crazy is on the ballot,” said Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott (D). “The only way (to win) is that we get out and vote in numbers. We can’t assume anything.”

“Don’t take any election for granted,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D). “We need Team Maryland to fight for the values that are important to our state.”

At a two-and-a-half hour unity rally in downtown Silver Spring, top Democratic officials from around the state pledged to get behind gubernatorial nominee Wes Moore and his running mate Aruna Miller, attorney general candidate Anthony Brown and comptroller candidate Brooke Lierman. They also pledged to work to elect Democrats to the U.S. House and to return Democratic majorities to the state legislature, where the party has long held sway.

Earlier in the program, the crowd booed when speakers referenced Rep. Andy Harris, a hard-right conservative who voted not to certify the results of the 2020 election hours after protestors ransacked the U.S. Capitol. He attended a White House meeting in which Trump and senior officials discussed a plan to encourage members of the public to fight the election outcome on January 6.

“We know that Andy Harris was one of ten in the room,” said former Del. Heather Mizeur, who is challenging Harris. “I’m running to defeat a traitor to our nation!”

Andy Harris Is an Embarrassment

The Star Democrat

This week, the House of Representatives passed the “Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022”, by a tally of 401 to 20. The anti-human trafficking bill builds on the existing system, focusing resources on local agencies operating in high-intensity sex-trafficking areas, while reauthorizing the Department of Homeland Security’s Angel Watch Center, which is meant to prevent international sex tourism travel perpetrated by child sex offenders. The bill would invest new funds for housing options that would help women get away from abusers.

Twenty Republicans voted against the bill, including Lauren Boebert, Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz (currently under Federal investigation for alleged sex trafficking), and Marjorie Taylor Greene. And, yes, you guessed right, our own Andy Harris joined this rogues list in voting against the bill, following up on his prior vote against the “Violence Against Women Act.”

Andy Harris is an embarrassment, and he does not deserve to be re-elected.

Andy Harris Once Cared About Criminality

Dan Rodricks

It’s hard to believe from his recent voting record — against the Frederick Douglas Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act (which passed 401-20) and against the assault weapons ban passed by the House on Friday — but Rep. Andy Harris once cared about crime and criminality. I know: It seems impossible that a Republican lawmaker who met at the White House to discuss overturning the 2020 presidential election would be concerned about those who break our laws. You probably think I’m talking about some Andy Harris other than the one who sucks up to Trump and apparently thinks the fortunately-former president did nothing wrong.


Chestertown, MD – Today, Heather Mizeur, Democratic nominee for Congress in Maryland’s First District, expressed outrage over Rep. Andy Harris’ vote against a bill to help victims of human trafficking.

The bill, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act of 2022, was introduced by Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. It contains no controversial provisions and had virtually unanimous bipartisan support – a rarity in these times of great political polarization. Harris stood with a small handful of far-right extremists including Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, and Matt Gaetz in opposing the bill.

“Andy Harris’ vote against protecting the most vulnerable among us from predatory sex traffickers is sickening and embarrassing,” Mizeur said. “However, to anyone who is paying attention, it is no longer shocking when our congressman takes these indefensible votes.”