In Columbus, State Rep. Marian Harris is Working Her Ass Off… At Planning Fundraisers
Question: Is this the time of message that Ohio House Democrats expect to help them win in November?
After reading Tom Suddes’ Sunday Forum column “At the Statehouse, the collection basket is being passed, filled,” my question is, what’s a legislator to do?
I ran for state representative, naively perhaps, because I wanted to bring 30 years of human-service advocacy to the legislature. Do you think I prefer asking for money to working on lowering exorbitant water and sewer rates for residents of my district?
Do you think I prefer holding fundraisers to working on a domestic-violence bill? Do you think I prefer spending hours on the phone asking for money to spending those hours in my district listening to constituent concerns?
What’s a legislator to do?
I want to continue working for my district so I have to raise money to be re-elected — a lot of money! It would be nice to just focus on my job. It would be nice to have publicly financed campaigns or at least reasonable limits on contributions and even on campaign spending. The U.S. Supreme Court makes me wonder if that will ever be possible.
In the meantime, I need to continue the phone calls and the fundraisers. What’s a legislator to do?
STATE REP. MARIAN HARRIS
19th House District
Harris would like to do her job, working and serving her constituents, but she has forced into hosting fundraisers.
But, have no doubt that while she is munching on piles of hor d’oeuvres and hovering too close to an open bar, she feels REALLY, REALLY BAD about it.