Skip to comments.Campaign (Now) Says (Katherine) Harris Won't Turn To Inheritance.
Posted on 03/25/2006 3:01:00 PM PST by MindBender26
In an effort to jump-start her sputtering Senate campaign, Rep. Katherine Harris went on national television invoking the memory of her late father and saying the money he left her will form the financial foundation of her challenge to Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.
Now the Harris campaign says that's not the case.
Campaign spokeswoman Morgan Dobbs said Thursday that Harris will sell her existing assets rather than rely on money from her father, a bank executive who died in January.
The Republican from Longboat Key appeared on national television saying she would use the money left to her by her father to infuse her campaign with a badly needed shot of financing.
The announcement was the centerpiece of her appearance on Fox News, where Harris reaffirmed her commitment to the race.
"I'm going to take his legacy that he gave to me, everything I have, and I'm going to put it in this race," she told Sean Hannity. "I'm going to commit my legacy from my father -- $10 million."
A moment later, Hannity asked, "This is money from your father?"
"Yes," replied Harris.
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Covered the Clayton Williams campaign. He was a very rich Texan running for governor against Ann Richards. Williams started with a 22 point lead, and lost the election. It was no bad that in the last three weeks the campaign staffers stopped referring to him as Clayton Williams. but Satan Williams, the Candidate from Hell!
That was after an entire campaign. Harris is trying to get into that position even more quickly.
Please dont get me wrong. Love Katherine dearly. Maxed out my FTC-allowed contributions to her each cycle. My Granddaughter is named after her.
But this campaign is a disaster. The CD, PR person and Issues chief should all be shot!
I want an R to win. I want KH to win
but this is turning out to be a disaster!
"But this campaign is a disaster. The CD, PR person and Issues chief should all be shot!"
Is any of this a media invention or is it really as bad as it looks?
Losing this one is not an option!
Ideas are welcome....please.
What's the deal with K. Harris. I'm up north and I even sent her a contribution but she seems to be a pariah of some sort with the GOP.
Starting to look like Pirro 2 as far as organization.
One would hope. That would be a drastic improvement....
Is this for real? I saw her on Hannity, and she made it very clear, in no uncertain terms, that her father's inheritance would be used in the campaign. Now, a few days later, she's retracting that?
I haven't joined the anti-Harris bandwagon here, but this looks awful.
Honestly, the naysayers are out in force for no reason, again.
Tammy-Faye Baker alert!
No reason? If this is true, this is a very good reason for her to drop out now and let somebody else try.
I wouldn't believe everything the media puts out on her. They have the full court press on KH right now and what surprises me is that FReepers are believing it.
Harris's accountant got to her. There are apparently two little lockboxes. Daddy's ten million, and her own ten million. It is not clear whether this is a switch in lock boxes, and Harris just got confused which box to open, or there is only one box, and it's shut, or two boxes, and there are both shut. So many possiblities, and so little time.
She stated repeatedly that the 10 million was all she had. She said she was putting it ALL on the line. So now she has TWO $10 million sources?
This is a fiasco.
2 things: 1) *IF* I was running for political office, which I won't because I can't suffer fools, 2) I *would not* use an inheritance of any kind to get elected.
If people didn't believe in me enough to support my campaign, I sure wouldn't force my way in off an inheritance.
It is unclear how many lock boxes there are. But that was one spin from team Harris. Team Harris might not know themselves.
The you have already fallen for the trap. The media's purpose in this:
First throw out an allegation...put the conservative on the defensive.
Call for an investigation....put the conservative on the defensive.
Have the Conservative apologize or clarify these "allegations"...put the conservative on the defensive.
Move on to the next scandal...put the conservative on the defensive.
Then, while you are talking about any conservative you can call them "scandal ridden".
Thank goodness. I was beginning to think she wasn't as smart as she looks.
Here's my take on it and I have felt this way since November, 2004.
What, exactly, has Katherine Harris done to deserve a Senate seat? .......Besides looking hot in a tight T-shirt?
If she had been in some high position in Jeb Bush's administration other than Florida Attorney General, would the average voter even know her from your aunt's pet poodle?
No, they wouldn't.
Katherine Harris is famous simply because she happened to be the Florida Attorney General during the 2004 Presidential election and all she did was simply follow Florida law as was her sworn duty.
Any one of us would have done the same thing. You read what the law says. You follow the law. End of story.
Lionizing Katherine Harris as a Republican heroine as if she had done something spectacular simply plays into the Big Lie of the Democrats that claims that Katherine Harris stole the 2004 election for George W. Bush.
slight correction - she wasn't A.G. She's not a lawyer. She was Secretary of State.
She was the State Secretary....a statewide office that she ran for and won. She has never lost an election.
Correct...she is not a lawyer and she is a Christian.
I'm agnostic on the question of whether Katherine Harris should be our candidate, though I lean against the idea.
However, I must say, there are times (as in 2000) when simply doing the right thing matters a great deal. Some "Republicans" probably would not have.
A good rule of thumb is: When the Rats hate you, you've done something right. Something important.
Read it again. She didn't contradict herself. She not using her fathers money (present tense) she using the money he gave her (past tense).
This liberal rag your reading has made it look like she is contradicting herself. They took bits and pieces of an interview and made a mountain out of mole hill and now sheeple (like you) are pissing all over themselves trying to find a new candidate.
That doesn't make sense. First, her father HAS no money now, as he's dead.
She made two claims: 1) She was going to use the $10 million inheritance from her father to finance her campaign, and 2) that the $10 million was ALL her money.
Now it turns out she has ANOTHER source of $10 million - her own assets. So she is NOT going to use her inheritance, and she is NOT "putting it all on the line".
There's no ambiguity about what she said on Hannity - he repeatedly asked her if she was going to use her inheritance, and if that was all she had, and she repeatedly answered yes.
I've given her the benefit of the doubt at every turn, but this just looks unbelievably amateurish, at best, and deliberately dishonest, at worst. Calling herself a Christian doesn't mitigate it at all.
It was a stupid thing to say, and would have been an even stupider thing to do. (She is not one of the 'super-rich' and wasting her family's inheritance on a long-shot Senate race smacks too much of ego over good sense)...sheesh!!! I love the lady, but it sounds like she might not the right candidate...worse, sounds like the GOP may have blown a chance to pick up this seat...
Well, the way I phrased it, you will note that I classified that as "deserving a Senate seat"...........And, with $20 million to boot, I think I'm in love or, at the very least, definitely in lust. ;-)
Any honest Republican would admit that we want the SEAT, and in this case Harris or anyone else will suffice if it helps with the majority. Anyone suggesting that Harris is uniquely qualified for the seat is lying. A better argument is that Nelson doesn't deserve the seat.
Although I grew up in Florida, the Navy washed me up on Puget Sound where I now live so I am out of the Florida politics loop.
My perspective is that of an outsider and it just doesn't smell right when the winning side carries a smiling Judge around the Courthouse on their shoulders after she rules in their favor.
It may have be unfair but, once Katherine Harris played such a crucial role in the 2004 Presidential election, she needed to put her political ambitions aside for the next four years and be, like Caesar's wife, totally above suspicion.
I agree, that would be best.
I understand Jeb has very decisively stated he will NOT run for the Senate. So, given that, is there anybody else who could beat Nelson?
I live in Sarasota, FL. In my local paper and from what I read on FR, the media has unleashed a very serious hate campaign on Katherine Harris. They use the same words they use on GWB (lack of Dim creativity, I guess) and obviously have some great fear that she could win in Florida.
Whatever, I'm sending her some $.
Nobody could represent this group of nattering nabobs.
"They have the full court press on KH right now and what surprises me is that FReepers are believing it."
On this thread, you're not hearing Freepers, you're hearing Dim disruptors. IMHO, Katherine CAN win and it scares the Beelzebub out of the Dims.
So basically she's not all that qualified and there are better candidates. You may be right.
I thought she held up pretty well under some of the most vindictive character assaults I've witnessed, even for RATs. As far as what has she done to deserve to be senator, in my opinion that question could be posed to all our honorable senators and probably 90% would fail the test.
The hate campaign against Katherine Harris by the local Sarasota paper (which is owned by the NYTimes) and all the liberal rags in Florida is exceeded only by their hate campaign against President Bush!
These papers know something many nattering nabobs on FR don't realize......She scares them big time because they realized she can unseat the Wooden Nickel!
If Mel Martinez managed to squeak by Castor to win a Senate seat......so can Harris.
All she needs is one more vote than Nelson....and the FL grassroots GOP have shown their ability to clobber the Dems in their 'get out the vote' efforts!
We work harder than they do and we talk to our neighbors who listen to us rather than some paid college kid from NY.
Did you say Wooden Nickel?
I was hoping you would be able to respond & supply that visual.....our mutual ESP must be turned on and functional......LOL
>However, the Senate could use a hard-bodied woman for a change. She should do 2-3 more terms in the House, and then see if she can make a run with more experience.
Exactly. Go for it in 2012 when she has had a chance to make some serious noise in the House and 2000 is an old memory.
The GOP establishment is back-stabbing her, and the MSM is writing non-stop hit pieces about her. Meanwhile, myopic anti-Harris FReepers have been frothing at the mouth screaming that she can't win. The only thing that's missing is Chris Lehane calling her Cruella de Ville again.
This woman simply deserves our support. She did her job honorably in the 2000 election. She ran for and won a Congressional race. I don't care if she won by a little bit - she won, damnnit, and that's all that matters. The time is ripe for her to run for the Senate against a liberal incumbent and conservatives all across the country needs to open those checkbooks.
Alan Bense might be a good prospect (speaker of the Florida House) but he's short on name recognition. He has a great rags-to-riches story behind him. Time is fast running out.
You are doing a thorough job of defending Nelson and minimizing Harris every single day, every chance you get. With FRiends like you, the rest of the Dems can relax. You are doing all of their work for them.
It's sickening, isn't it? I mean it's one thing to dislike Harris but don't trash the woman because of what you read in MSM hit pieces.