Skip to comments.Katherine Harris Planning US Senate Run
Posted on 01/08/2004 8:42:04 AM PST by Bush CheneyEdited on 01/08/2004 11:40:39 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
Watch your makeup compact, Hillary, Florida's Katherine Harris may have her eyes on the United States Senate, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
Against the apparent wishes of senior Bush strategists, Harris has decided in her heart and mind that she will seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat, sources close to Harris tell DRUDGE.
"She wants it, wants it badly!" a top source said Thursday. "She'll make her decision public within the next week."
The source, who has daily contact with Harris, cautions the congresswoman still could hold back and not make the run, in deference to the president and his brother's wishes.
Sarasota County's GOP chairman, Tramm Hudson, said he spoke to Harris Tuesday night and that she seemed ready to run, according to reports. Harris continues to be one of the party's top fund-raisers.
Elsewhere, Texas Senator Kay Hutchison has reportedly advised her republican counterpart to "Go for it!"
If elected Harris would join a select group of women ever to serve in the United States Senate.
MORE Harris advisers dispel any notion that bad blood still runs in Florida over Harris's role in the 2000 election drama.
"Look, Governor Bush handily won re-election last year, after 2000, and the state's voters did not punish him," notes one top Harris strategist who asked not to be named.
"And they will not punish Katherine. The senate campaign will be on the issues, and electing the best person to represent Florida in the senate!"
U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris of Florida to announce Senate election plans next week Wednesday, January 7, 2004
(01-07) 16:43 PST TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --
U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris has decided whether she will run for retiring Sen. Bob Graham's seat and plans to reveal her plans next week, associates said Wednesday.
Harris did not return calls for comment, but supporters said she is leaning toward entering the race.
She would become the instant front-runner in a crowded field of Republicans while also stirring up memories of the 2000 presidential election recount. As secretary of state, Harris oversaw the disputed count that gave George W. Bush a crucial 537-vote victory in Florida.
A spokesman for Harris said she was still considering the race and an announcement might come next week. But others close to her said she has already made up her mind.
"She knows what she's going to do," said Margaret Wise, a friend and campaign finance chairwoman.
Sarasota County's GOP chairman, Tramm Hudson, said he spoke to Harris Tuesday night and that she seemed ready to run.
Graham, a Democrat, announced his retirement in November. Several Democrats have expressed interested in the seat.
Terry McAuliffe (Oct 25, 2002): "Jeb is gone!". Believe me they thought Jeb was toast.
Not really, Katherine has a higher positive rating than negative rating. Actually at 27%, her negatives aren't all that high. Katherine Harris is only gonna motivate the hard-left, who hate Bush so much they are gonna vote anyways.
Which orifice did you pull this factoid out of....
You sound like a radio advertising salesman. In real life you use voter history, not polls to suggest how voters will vote in the future. It is very much an accepted statistic in elections to compare how different candidates have done in the same districts and then factor for things that are not equal. In her case, she did better than Bush in her own congressional district AFTER becoming this terrible lightening rod you claim she is. In that case, the adjustments work in her favor and it's more than likely she'll help, not hurt him.
Published Wednesday, January 7, 2004
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Katherine Harris travels to Washington today to meet with White House officials and other political leaders over the next two days to tell them whether she will run for a Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Bob Graham, a Democrat.
The Sarasota Republican said Tuesday she has made her decision but feels obliged to inform others privately before announcing it, which she said she will do next week. Harris also said she would meet with political consultants while in Washington.
"I have my heart and mind set and am very much looking forward to making a decision public and focusing on that, because I think it's the right decision, and I'm excited about it," Harris said in a telephone interview from Florida.
He's got a serious case of ESP. :)
I agree, we need the 60 seats....at least.
Lets use this as a test of Mindbender's credibility. Bookmark and save for a week.
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