Shawn Harris, a retired brigadier general from the U.S. Army who is from and now resides again in Georgia, has announced an ambition to unseat Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), whose district went for Trump by a massive margin in the 2020 election. Harris is in the early stages of rolling out a campaign, assuming that his run for office continues.
Harris released an announcement video this week in which he invites feedback on the prospect of running for Congress. His campaign website already has an option to donate to Shawn for Georgia through ActBlue, an online fundraising platform used by Democratic candidates for office. In his announcement video, Harris explained a little about himself, including his connection to the local community, where he said he and his wife have established a farm as he’s retired from military service. He also criticized Greene for her participation in debates that arguably don’t directly relate to the actually everyday lives of individuals in her district and state, striking a chord similar to other Democrats’ messaging.
“We see our Representative, Marjorie Taylor Greene, on TV all the time,” Harris says in the video. “But she’s not talking about anything that matters to people around here.”
In fact, Greene often focuses on misrepresentations about the southern border. In one recent Congressional hearing, she also again misrepresented data related to the COVID-19 vaccine, characterizing the shots as substantively connected to adverse health effects even including death. That’s although the data she was citing originated with a federal effort that does not purport to demonstrate conclusive connections between the linked events, meaning a vaccine and, say, death. Greene also continues pushing to impeach the president, promoting conspiracy theories about his claimed involvement in allegedly corrupt business dealings. Any impeachment would almost certainly not result in any removal from office, considering the Democratic majority in the Senate, where two-thirds would need to agree.
Excited to announce that I’m running for congress in Georgia’s 14th district. pic.twitter.com/tU4qcLT3hy
— Shawn Harris (@ShawnForGeorgia) August 10, 2023