Moment of truth came hard



February 26, 2019 - 10:09 AM

We don’t know much about John Harris. We don’t know his politics — or even if he’s that interested in politics. We do know that he’s 29 years old, and that he is an assistant U.S. attorney for the eastern district of North Carolina. And, of course, that his father is Mark Harris.

It’s that relationship that brought the son to a State Board of Elections hearing Wednesday to testify about the father’s 9th District election campaign. It was testimony that transformed the hearing — and perhaps even his father — but it also was notable for another reason. John Harris did something that’s hard to find in politics, this week or any other. He told the truth — not with glee and not with self-interest, but because it was the right, if hard, thing to do.

By now, you know the details, how Harris testified that he warned his father multiple times about political operative McCrae Dowless, whom the campaign hired to run an absentee ballot campaign in Bladen County. Dowless was on “thin ice,” John Harris remembered telling his father, contradicting Mark Harris’ previous statements that he’d never been warned about Dowless.

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