“Current 1st District Congressman Wayne Gilchrest, a Republican, officially endorsed Democrat Frank Kratovil in his election bid to fill the 1st District Congressional seat. Representative Gilchrest has made a reputation for himself of late by crossing party lines a number of times in his last term. Gilchrest lost his re-election campaign to Republican Andy Harris in the primary election. The election was contentious as the Harris campaign quickly pointed to Gilchrest’s democratic tendencies.
Mr. Kratovil was naturally pleased with the endorsement calling it a “”breath of fresh air”” and “”what people are looking for””.
Chris Meekins, campaign manager for the Harris campaign, released the following statement in response to the endorsement:
“” Voters want a change from the failed policies of Congress of raising taxes, increasing wasteful spending, and failing to solve our energy crisis. Andy Harris represents a change, Frank Kratovil obviously represents more of the same. If you are tired of the way business is done in Washington, then Andy Harris is your candidate.
Voters are tired of tired of politicians who put the radical environmental special interest groups ahead of the needs of Maryland families. Sadly both Gilchrest and Kratovil oppose expanding domestic exploration of oil and natural gas. Both oppose expanding capacity at domestic refineries. Both support raising energy taxes. In contrast, Andy Harris supports a comprehensive energy solution that includes expanding domestic exploration of oil and natural gas, developing the next generation of alternative energy technology, and more conservation.
Kratovil has also received endorsements from liberals like Martin O’Malley, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and Chris Van Hollen. This support shows he is clearly out of touch with the values of the district.””