he first-term Republican from Rankin County defeated a formidable field of candidates in 2008 to replace Chip Pickering, who opted not to run for re-election.
I have heard of no opposition for Harper in next year’s election. If he had a serious opponent, it would have to come from within the Republican Party, since the 3rd District is pretty much gerrymandered to ensure a Republican seat — just like the 2nd District is skewed to keep Bennie Thompson or some other Democrat in office.
Having said all of this — and with no personal bias against Harper, who seems to be a nice guy — I was a little surprised by some of his comments in an interview with Anne Schroeder Mullins, as reported on the politico.com Web site. It was part of a series called “Get to Know a Congressman.”
The piece was called to my attention by someone surprised by this question and answer:
“What in the world does the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus do?”
“We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it does seem like a waste of good ammunition.”
That statement — obviously facetious — seems to be what’s grabbing the most attention, but it certainly isn’t going to do Harper any political harm. Many of Harper’s constituents appreciate it.
But some of the other flippant answers given by Harper in the interview, as reported on the Internet, would make good advertising fodder for an opponent, if Harper ever has a serious one. Such as:
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