Harris Defends Political Choices

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Meridian city councilman John Harris responded to a letter that questioned his political position. Harris has been a politician since 2005, and has switched parties three times.

"It seems as though every time John Harris name is attached to something, it seems like a red target is there," said Harris. "I am a Democrat and I was elected by my peers and that's the democratic process. I don't think it's necessarily the switch that's important. I think it's more important as how you feel you can represent the people."

Harris ran as an Independent, then switched to Republican and is now a Democrat and he says the flip-flopping was all for a reason.

"I can also tell you this. I ran as an independent, because at the beginning I felt there was a need to help the people. And I saw that there were issues on both of sides. That's why I said I was a conservative Democrat," Harris said.

But Harris says it shouldn't be about what party you are affiliated with or how many times you switch. But the focus should be on how you can positively impact the community. And so far, he says he's been doing that as a Democrat.

Harris says the letter also accused him of campaigning for Republican Lauderdale County supervisor Wayman Newell. But Harris disputes that.

"That's a part of the lie that's been put out there," said Harris. "That's not true."

Harris says he feels this attack will not hinder his political career. He says he's focusing on the positive as he continues to serve the people of Meridian.

"Regardless to all the negativity that goes around, just be careful what you listen to and realize that I'm here to do a job and I will continue to do my job," said Harris.

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  • by Helen Location: Meridian on Jul 20, 2008 at 01:11 PM
    I have no problem with Mr. Harris's choises. However I am surprized the News Media or anyone else did not point out that in the Picture in the Meridian Star (Not sure if it was on WTOK) Mr. Harris was in his Chief of Police uniform from MCC holding a Obama '08 sign. All State employess and employees of colleges , etc. are expressly forbidden to use their offical position to endore a canidate in any election. When they do it raises the question, Is he saying MCC is endorsing Oboma over McCain? Many times it is a violation of policies and poss.law. I would like to know MCC's opinion.
  • by Denise Location: lauderdale on Jul 15, 2008 at 12:20 PM
    I wish Mr. Harris had remained Republican as well, did he say that he's a Conservative Democrat? Would this mean that he is a Regan Democrat or a Sonny Montgmery Democrat?
  • by foster4 Location: Meridian on Jul 15, 2008 at 06:34 AM
    There should be a bill sent through house and senate, that flip flopping after being elected in Mississippi is a no no and if you decide to do it, you resign your seat and run again.
  • by Kenneth Location: Russell on Jul 15, 2008 at 05:41 AM
    I believe one should decide which party he or she wants to be affiliated with and then stay with that party. However, I strongly support the Republican party because I cannot in good conscience support the Democrats due to some of their philosophies that I do not agree with. I wish Mr. Harris had stayed a Republican, but since he didn't, what does he really believe and where does he really stand on the issues at hand? When someone changes parties as much as he has I cannot support him, because I do not know where he stands anymore.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2008 at 08:25 PM
    I THINK THIS IS A BLACKMAN TRYING TO HELP ANOTHER BLACK MAN GET PRESIDENT WHOM I THINK OBAMA IS NOT QUALIFIED TO BE A SENATOR MUST LESS SOMEONE TO RUN OUR WORLD,IF YOU VOTE FOR HIM OUR COUNTRY WILL BE RUN BY A MUSLIUM NAMED HUSAIN
  • by concerned citizen Location: lauderdale on Jul 14, 2008 at 04:21 PM
    http://www.meridianstar.com/letters Check out this link it relates to the story.
  • by sweetie Location: mdn on Jul 14, 2008 at 04:13 PM
    Bill, Is this how to spell resign. Furthermore what does color have to do with it? Let me give you an education in Mississippi politics, all three of these candidates were elected as Democrats; Senator Carmichael, Senator Burton and former Lt. Governor Amy Tuck. After they were elected as Democrats they switched to the Republican Party. They are all white and they didn’t have to resign.
  • by billhall on Jul 14, 2008 at 03:37 PM
    If Mr. Harris was white, he would have to resigh. The people of Lauserdale County and Meridian don't have much to chooe from when it comes to politics.
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