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Harris, GOP differ on Jeb Bush commitment: She says governor will stump for her -- is it true?
Orlando Sentinel ^ | 10 September 2006 | Jim Stratton and Daphne Sashin

Posted on 09/11/2006 3:40:06 PM PDT by Alter Kaker

U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris said Friday that Gov. Jeb Bush will campaign with her in the next two months, but the state GOP said no such commitment exists.

Harris, appearing in downtown Orlando, said she will travel with Bush and others as she seeks to defeat incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Nelson, meanwhile, formally kicked off his campaign Friday in Tampa, saying he wanted to "take our nation in a new direction."

Touring with Bush, the state's most powerful Republican, would bring Harris badly needed credibility and steady a campaign that, at times, appeared ready to collapse.

But Friday, it was unclear what Harris was talking about. The Governor's Office referred questions about Harris to the state party. And party spokesman Jeff Sadosky said the governor had not agreed to stump with Harris.

"We've not heard anything from the Governor's Office one way or the other," Sadosky said.

If Bush did join Harris, it would be a dramatic turnabout. The governor has criticized her campaign and said he did not think she could beat Nelson.

He said this week he supports her candidacy but has given no indication that he will do any heavy lifting for her.

Republican political consultant Todd Harris -- no relation to the candidate -- said he doesn't expect Bush to go beyond some helpful words. The Harris-Nelson race is too lopsided, he said, and resources are better spent on more competitive races.

"I'd be very surprised if any senior official from the party did much to help her," said Todd Harris, who worked on Bush's 2002 re-election campaign.

Early this week, Bush campaigned with a host of high-profile Republicans, including Charlie Crist, the party's gubernatorial nominee, and Tom Lee, its choice for chief financial officer. Harris was not invited.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: bush; delusionasusual; harris; jeb; katherineharris; ouch; shesdeadjim

1 posted on 09/11/2006 3:40:09 PM PDT by Alter Kaker
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To: Alter Kaker

GWB will stump for her.


2 posted on 09/11/2006 3:41:18 PM PDT by pissant
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To: JulieRNR21

Ping.


3 posted on 09/11/2006 3:42:06 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Alter Kaker

He should.


4 posted on 09/11/2006 3:43:47 PM PDT by Truthsearcher
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To: Alter Kaker

Harris is delusional if she thinks even the Hardee County dog catcher will be campaigning for her.


5 posted on 09/11/2006 3:44:28 PM PDT by okstate
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To: Alter Kaker

Why wouldn't he at this point?


6 posted on 09/11/2006 3:44:29 PM PDT by RobFromGa (The FairTax cult is like Scientology, but without the movie stars)
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To: Alter Kaker

JEB has committed his support for he. He is an honorable man and I know he can be held to his word.


7 posted on 09/11/2006 3:46:19 PM PDT by stm (Katherine Harris for US Senate!)
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To: Alter Kaker

Certainly every republican should be campaigning for her. She won the Primary and is entitled to no less.

jeb should be right there with her as should the president.


8 posted on 09/11/2006 3:52:59 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: okstate

As if you have a clue what will happen here.

But hey, you do know how to listen to the MSM.

Keep on listening, okie.


9 posted on 09/11/2006 3:53:15 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: pissant
---"Early this week, Bush campaigned with a host of high-profile Republicans, including Charlie Crist, the party's gubernatorial nominee, and Tom Lee, its choice for chief financial officer. Harris was not invited."---

Ouch.

That one stings.

It's worth a visit from the Bush brothers to show support for anyone facing Nelson - even if the odds are astronomical. The fact that they don't really seem to be acknowledging that there is a Senate race in Florida is a bit disheartening.

I think they should at least make one appearance for her. I wouldn't count on it, though. Despite the hopes that the Florida and national GOP would start flooding the campaign with support no matter who won, only the endorsements of the primary opponents have been forthcoming so far.

I supported McBride, but it is time to focus on Nelson here. It doesn't help an already long-shot race when the President and/or Governor keep going out of their ways to help Crist and company, while not even inviting Katherine Harris.

Sadly, I now find myself pretty openly rooting for Lincoln Chafee over Steve Laffey. It seems that the national GOP isn't bluffing when they threaten to let unfavored candidates wither on the vine this election season. They must really feel threatened even more than they indicate.

I hope that Karl Rove still has a trick up his sleeve somewhere. But for crying out loud, stop lopping off the heads of Conservative candidates this year.

Sheesh!
10 posted on 09/11/2006 4:04:04 PM PDT by TitansAFC ("Life is just one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead.")
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To: TitansAFC

I've read very little about Laffey that makes me want to support him over Chafee.


11 posted on 09/11/2006 4:08:55 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant
GWB will stump for her.
Interesting..... I'm not sure that the President is that big of a help especially when you put both Ms. Harris and the President on the same podium to remind the voters of 2000 and 537 votes..... The President may could help with the Party turnout some but then this seems to have been a fractured primary somewhat in the Senate and Governor primaries..... There are still posters on this forum ranting about Gallagher's loss and slamming Crist.

With some luck maybe Ms. Harris can pull it closer to where at least the President may be able to help with some fund raisers.

November 2, 2004 General Election

Official Results

President and Vice President of the United States
  Bush / Cheney
(REP)
Kerry / Edwards
(DEM)
Peroutka / Baldwin
(CPF)
Badnarik / Campagna
(LIB)
Cobb / LaMarche
(GRE)
Harris / Trowe
(SWP)
Brown / Herbert
(SPF)
Nader / Camejo
(REF)
Total 3,964,522 3,583,544 6,626 11,996 3,917 2,732 3,502 32,971
% Votes 52.1% 47.1% 0.1% 0.2% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%

12 posted on 09/11/2006 4:22:07 PM PDT by deport (The Governor, The Foghorn, The Dingaling, The Joker, some other fellar...... The Governor Wins)
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To: Alter Kaker

Oh c'mon, we all know she is a freak, but she is a damn loyal one, and the Bush brothers owe her big time.


13 posted on 09/11/2006 4:22:34 PM PDT by montag813
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To: deport

You are so right! The President is not going to stump for her as it would be foolish to bring up 2000 in people's minds.


14 posted on 09/11/2006 4:30:55 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Oust Brad Henry from the OK Governor's Mansion. Go Sooners!)
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To: montag813

Sorry, KH said herself that this is going to be a grassroots campaign and that is the way it is going to be. KH will not receive GOP funds (the $ will be grassroots or her own) and she will get minimal other support. This is a reality. This cannot not even be considered bad news; KH was told this before she ran. KH may get a photo op or two but GWB will not be overtly involved in her campaign nor will Jeb - they will be involved for Crist. Resources will go to tight races or potential upset states - the Florida Senate race is neither.


15 posted on 09/11/2006 4:36:59 PM PDT by Oystir
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To: bill1952; Alter Kaker; deport; Recovering_Democrat; MinuteGal; FreeKeys; ritewingwarrior; ...
I've started a campaign along with 4integrity to ask FL Freepers who are Harris supporters to write to JEB and ask him to actively campaign with Katherine Harris for the Senate.

He responded to my email with this:

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I support Katherine and will encourage people to vote for her. However, my focus will be on the governor's race.

Jeb




Jeb Bush

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I think he answered me because I told him of my work in my home County and my position as Committeewoman in my Precinct which is heavily Republican.

So when you email JEB and ask others to email JEB tell them to include their activism for the party.

I believe that if he gets enough emails from the grassroots we can convince him do more than just say 'Vote for Katherine.'

We certainly need her conservative vote in the Senate and JEB's personal popularity and endorsement could help her beat Nelson.

Here's the email address he used to respond to me:
jeb@jeb.org
16 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:39 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Go Katherine "ALL your base are belong to us." Go here: http://www.ElectHarris.org)
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To: JulieRNR21

Thats the bottom line, this campaign must be grass roots or it is nothing. Deploy innovative grass roots we win. JEB and the Karl Roves of the GOP need a trip to the party wood shed. They have their finger in the air, and they think they can tell which way the wind is blowing.


17 posted on 09/11/2006 6:33:39 PM PDT by mission9 (Be a citizen worth living for, in a Nation worth dying for...)
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To: Alter Kaker
I have had enough of this Kabuki dance. Katherine has paid for her place at the table of power.
18 posted on 09/11/2006 6:39:02 PM PDT by mission9 (Be a citizen worth living for, in a Nation worth dying for...)
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To: Alter Kaker
but the state GOP said no such commitment exists.

More backstabbing and innuendo by the FL GOP. They have no record that Jeb even mentioned this.

Both Jeb & President Bush has ALREADY met with Harris in June and one or both of them will campaign on her behalf down the stretch. But once again, we have bootlicking, low-level party hacks who are trying to work their way up the political establishment ladder by trying to throw some mud at Harris.

It's important for Harris, however, to just campaign and not worry about Jeb's endorsements. She won the primary without the establishment and she can definetly win the election without them too.

19 posted on 09/11/2006 6:39:12 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: mission9
JEB and the Karl Roves of the GOP need a trip to the party wood shed.


And you want to express that feeling openly even though Ms. Harris needs and wants their support.... Smart campaign move. On the other hand maybe they feel that Ms Harris is the one that needs a trip to woodshed... It is the Harris campaign that needs this so the campaign and her supporters need to get off their high horse and try to mend fences. JMO.
20 posted on 09/11/2006 7:33:39 PM PDT by deport (The Governor, The Foghorn, The Dingaling, The Joker, some other fellar...... The Governor Wins)
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To: deport
It is the Harris campaign that needs this so the campaign and her supporters need to get off their high horse and try to mend fences.

Sorry, Harris doesn't need the establishment's help.

21 posted on 09/11/2006 7:36:36 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Okay....... I doubt she's gonna get much with campaign attitudes like that..... It's her show so she can sink or swim or maybe ride that show horse as she sees fit.


22 posted on 09/11/2006 7:39:34 PM PDT by deport (The Governor, The Foghorn, The Dingaling, The Joker, some other fellar...... The Governor Wins)
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23 posted on 09/11/2006 8:04:07 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: deport
Oh, you want me to sugar coat that for you. Oh, pretty please Mr. Karl Rove, can we have a $1000 a plate country club dinner and a $2000 picture with You, Me and Katherine? I know the party faithful will be there for ya, and you know how the general electorate loves that special access.
24 posted on 09/11/2006 8:22:57 PM PDT by mission9 (Be a citizen worth living for, in a Nation worth dying for...)
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To: PhilDragoo

Wish we could SEND them into space!! Nice Graphic.


25 posted on 09/11/2006 8:36:02 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: okstate
Harris is delusional if she thinks even the Hardee County dog catcher will be campaigning for her.

Hey, bill nelson, is that you??? Welcome to the FReepers!!!

26 posted on 09/11/2006 10:37:31 PM PDT by danamco
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To: PhiKapMom

Your's is horse manure!!!


27 posted on 09/11/2006 10:39:53 PM PDT by danamco
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To: okstate
Nelson...saying he wanted to "take our nation in a new direction."

The choice is clear which direction Bill Nelson would take our nation in the next six years. He's got the record to prove it:

Bill Nelson voted against the Partial Birth Abortion Ban.

Bill Nelson has an "F" rating with the NRA.

Bill Nelson opposed Justice Alito's nomination to the USSC.

Bill Nelson voted for Illegal Immigrant Amnesty.

Bill Nelson twice voted against the Marriage Amendment.

28 posted on 09/12/2006 3:54:28 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate)
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To: pissant

I heard she said they were going to dig up JPII and have him stump for her as well.


29 posted on 09/12/2006 3:58:29 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Rome2000

B.S. written in an effort to distract from the conservative issues at stake is noted.


30 posted on 09/12/2006 4:57:56 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate)
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To: NautiNurse

Hi NN.

With an "F" rating from the NRA, perhaps we could drop them a note or two to remind them, and perhaps get some support from them, as well.

- Bill


31 posted on 09/12/2006 5:18:32 AM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Rome2000

So you are voting for the ultra liberal Nelson, good conservative networking. Maybe you should try that on DU.


32 posted on 09/12/2006 6:13:57 AM PDT by Dominick ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." - JP II)
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To: pissant

He damn well should.


33 posted on 09/12/2006 6:16:17 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...
Florida Freeper


34 posted on 09/12/2006 6:18:14 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism. *NRA*)
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At this point, there's NO reason not to support her all-out, at least via public appearances (as far as the RNC throwing money into the race, let's see if polls show any tightening, she can use her 10 million in the meantime)...

We all know she's run an awful campaign so far, but we need to rally behind her... She's a solid conservative, and would be heads above Nelson in performance in the Senate...

There's ABSOLUTELY no reason I can think of that should preclude Jeb Bush from actively supporting her whole-heartedly.

35 posted on 09/12/2006 6:19:43 AM PDT by NYC Republican (GOP is the worst political party, except for all the others...)
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To: Joe Brower

Thanks for the ping. I am interested in Florida politics since I live here. Whenever I come to our thread to learn more about the issues and candidates, what I've discovered is hate and rage, name-calling and bitterness. It's ugly.


36 posted on 09/12/2006 6:34:08 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet-prayers for the kidnapped Israeli Soldiers)
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To: JulieRNR21
Thanks for the address, and here are my comments to Jeb.

Florida is a conservative state, and on that basis alone, Harris has a good chance of winning.
A lot of people support her. She has served well in the House and will continue in the Senate.

The venom served up on her by the 2000 losers, needs to be countered, at the highest level.

Republicans country wide encourage you to do all you can to help her campaign.

37 posted on 09/12/2006 7:06:21 AM PDT by duckln
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To: Joe Brower

Nelson's dem machine/the media will make sure Floridians know every time any Republican goes to dinner without inviting Katherine Harris.

Her voting record, her courage and perserverance are important......not who is in her cheering section. She gets my vote.


38 posted on 09/12/2006 7:24:51 AM PDT by windchime (One war~many fronts.)
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To: Alter Kaker

If Jeb doesn't campaign for her, he doesn't deserve any future support from Rep voters. Harris won the primary fair and square and she is the party's nominee for senator. What kind of crap is Jeb and the Florida GOP trying to pull?


39 posted on 09/12/2006 7:30:00 AM PDT by kabar
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To: deport
I doubt she's gonna get much with campaign attitudes like that

So Harris should grovel to the same establishment that basically ignored her until now?

40 posted on 09/12/2006 9:16:53 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Dominick

You are a fool, I will vote for Harris, its a shame that her megalomania prevented her from doing whats best for the state and that would have been listening to what good conservatives told her to do and not run for senate.


41 posted on 09/12/2006 9:35:57 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

So Harris should grovel to the same establishment that basically ignored her until now?



Personally I don't care what she does. But yes sometimes you have to ask for help when you've been ignored. Or unless you're too proud but in politics and sales all leads need to be persued.


42 posted on 09/12/2006 10:07:15 AM PDT by deport (The Governor, The Foghorn, The Dingaling, The Joker, some other fellar...... The Governor Wins)
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To: TitansAFC
It's worth a visit from the Bush brothers to show support for anyone facing Nelson - even if the odds are astronomical. The fact that they don't really seem to be acknowledging that there is a Senate race in Florida is a bit disheartening.

But hardly surprising. The President has refused to endorse Schlesinger, the Republican nominee in Connecticut.

43 posted on 09/12/2006 10:10:21 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: kabar

I agree with you. I keep getting solicitations for money from the FL Republican Party. Until they and Jeb Bush strongly endorse Harris, I won't contribute a dime. Nada.


44 posted on 09/12/2006 12:49:53 PM PDT by pleikumud
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To: pleikumud

I keep getting solicitations for money from the FL Republican Party. Until they and Jeb Bush strongly endorse Harris, I won't contribute a dime. Nada.




When we get a postage paid envelope we return the contribution request and write with bold marker on the page:

NO MONEY UNTIL YOU SUPPORT HARRIS!!!


45 posted on 09/12/2006 1:25:05 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Go Katherine "ALL your base are belong to us." Go here: http://www.ElectHarris.org)
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To: NautiNurse; bill1952; ZULU; SE Mom; Dominick; windchime; kabar; Extremely Extreme Extremist
Here's Nauti Nurse's excellent list that proves Bill Nelson is not a moderate....

Bill Nelson voted against the Partial Birth Abortion Ban.

Bill Nelson has an "F" rating with the NRA.

Bill Nelson opposed Justice Alito's nomination to the USSC.

Bill Nelson voted for Illegal Immigrant Amnesty.

Bill Nelson twice voted against the Marriage Amendment.

And I'll add this....

Bill Nelson was endorsed by the ultra left Soros funded MoveOn.org

46 posted on 09/12/2006 1:33:58 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Go Katherine "ALL your base are belong to us." Go here: http://www.ElectHarris.org)
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To: JulieRNR21

Good post! Nelson is an ally of Ted (Chappaquidick) Kennedy and John (Hanoi) Kerry. He represents Massachusetts, not Florida.


47 posted on 09/12/2006 2:12:33 PM PDT by pleikumud
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To: JulieRNR21

Congresswoman Harris commented (today), "We must not falter in our efforts to aggressively destroy terrorist networks around the world. Real progress is being made, and in the Senate I will fight to secure the borders so that terrorists cannot slip in and unleash violence upon the American people."


48 posted on 09/12/2006 2:33:54 PM PDT by pleikumud
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To: okstate

Your wrong. The Gop in our county is out stumping for her everyday and thats how she won the primary, and thats how she will beat drooling mouth Nelson.


49 posted on 09/13/2006 6:29:55 PM PDT by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: Rome2000
You are a fool, I will vote for Harris, its a shame that her megalomania prevented her from doing whats best for the state and that would have been listening to what good conservatives told her to do and not run for senate.

Agreed, and now we're stuck with her.

50 posted on 09/18/2006 12:14:49 PM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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