February 7, 2006


Republicans finally get behind Harris (Peter Savodnik, 2/02/06, The Hill)

After months of trying to get Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Fla.) to exit the Senate race, leading Republicans appear to be coalescing around her bid to unseat Sen. Bill Nelson (D).

At a state party meeting in Orlando in mid-January, Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who Republicans earlier said opposed Harris’s candidacy, offered the candidate praise and said he would campaign for her.

Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings (R), at the same meeting, told Harris: “Katherine, go, run and win.” Jennings had earlier been mentioned as a possible Senate contender herself.

At a meeting with reporters last week, Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.), chairwoman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, who had sought to recruit other Republicans to enter the GOP Senate primary, called Harris a strong candidate without endorsing her. Dole’s comments were unprompted. [...]

A campaign aide said yesterday that “we’re working on a big, several-city tour with Sean Hannity,” the conservative commentator on Fox News.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2006 12:32 PM

There are those who comment on this here blog that she is a "lightweight." Oh, those of little faith in a fighter like Katherine!

You go, Katherine.

Posted by: Brad S at February 7, 2006 1:53 PM

Lucky Sean.

Posted by: Genecis at February 7, 2006 3:10 PM

Bill Nelson is a fluff, but for some reason the GOP in Florida is afraid of Katherine. They don't want to "energize" the opposition. But Terry MacAuliffe tried that in 2002, by nationalizing Jeb's re-election. As I remember, Jeb won easily (56-44). If Janet Reno had won the Democratic primary, he would have won with over 60% of the vote.

Katherine Harris may not win, but nobody else has decided to run. Let her try to sink Nelson. At least she'll energize the GOP base, presuming the other pretenders in FL don't talk her down.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 7, 2006 3:16 PM

What could Harris have done to earn the emnity of the Bush family who have welcomed bubba into their midst?

Posted by: erp at February 7, 2006 3:34 PM


You know the rumors, no?

Posted by: oj at February 7, 2006 4:15 PM

oj. Obviously I don't know the rumors.

Posted by: erp at February 7, 2006 5:40 PM

Citing "one well connected capitol politico in Tallahassee" is awfully weak support for such a scurrilous charge. Do you have any other links?

Posted by: Steven M. Warshawsky at February 7, 2006 5:58 PM

Even in the unlikely event that this is true, why the animosity toward Harris? Do they think she leaked to the media? It's six years old now and if there were anything to it, the media would have gotten it a long time ago.

Posted by: erp at February 7, 2006 6:33 PM

I like her and I think she's got a great shot at winning.

They're just rumors but they're prevalent on the Left and I thought everyone had heard them during the election count dustup.

Posted by: oj at February 7, 2006 6:53 PM

With Bush et al the animosity seems personal and doesn't make sense. We were away during the period just before and after the 2000 election and didn't have access to the internet, so I guess that rumor came and went without our seeing it.

Posted by: erp at February 7, 2006 8:34 PM

You must go trolling for this stuff - I am not uninformed, and I never heard anything about this. Bush Sr., yes, we all heard about that, and you can even look around and find the woman's name (if you're so inclined), but not this stuff. It sounds like something spread around to normalize Clinton's loose zipper. And the closer about Al Gore doesn't ring true, either.

Posted by: ratbert at February 8, 2006 12:59 PM

Lucky Sean.

Posted by: Genecis at February 8, 2006 6:36 PM