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Harris: I'll sell house to get campaign cash
The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 10/18/06 | Ludmilla Lelis & Jim Stratton

Posted on 10/18/2006 7:55:57 AM PDT by BritExPatInFla

In March, Harris went on national television to say she would pump $10 million of her personal fortune into her bid to become a senator. So far, she has put in about $3.15 million, and only three weeks are left in the campaign.

Harris paid $795,000 for the home in 2003, and its total assessed value in 2005 was about $806,500. Even if she sells it for $1 million and puts that into the campaign, her total personal contribution would be $4.1 million.

Just-released finance reports show that Harris had about $964,000 in campaign money as of Sept. 30. That's not enough to make a statewide media buy, and Harris has not had any commercials on the air since the Republican primary. Nelson had about $6.8 million left as of Sept. 30, according to the reports.

Harris trails Nelson in most independent polls by 18 to 20 percentage points.

(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: campaignfunding; katherineharris
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I thought she was kicking $10 Million of her own into the campaign to show her dedication and how sure she was that she would prevail....
1 posted on 10/18/2006 7:55:58 AM PDT by BritExPatInFla
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To: BritExPatInFla

Gotta give Harris credit for not giving up. She's a tough lady!


2 posted on 10/18/2006 7:57:43 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason)
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To: BritExPatInFla

I am sick of people kicking Harris now that she is down. She has done more for this country than any of her critics.


3 posted on 10/18/2006 7:57:50 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: BritExPatInFla

4 posted on 10/18/2006 8:01:33 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: Always Right
I am sick of people kicking Harris now that she is down. She has done more for this country than any of her critics.

Don't tell us, tell all those people voting for Nelson.

6 posted on 10/18/2006 8:03:03 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Always Right

It is a disgrace with all the money the gop has that we have to resort to this. If 2 faced nelson is reelected then the gop gets the govt they deserve.

It is too late to preach about her not being the best candidiate she is the only candidate


7 posted on 10/18/2006 8:03:59 AM PDT by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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To: Baynative

she defied the president by running for senate and not working to keep her house seat....


8 posted on 10/18/2006 8:05:34 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Israel, taking out the world's trash since 1948.)
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To: Baynative

I would suggest that her lack of national support reflects the fact that there is limited money to spend, and it needs to be spent where it has the most possibility of having an impact. 3 weeks prior to the election and down by 15-20 points (or whatever the number is) would apparently be seen as throwing money away.


9 posted on 10/18/2006 8:06:06 AM PDT by dmz
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To: rightinthemiddle

10 posted on 10/18/2006 8:06:39 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: joe fonebone
she defied the president by running for senate and not working to keep her house seat....

Bull, she stepped aside last Senate race and let Martinez win. She ran and no other viable candidate ran. Not her fault. Perhaps she should have waited longer, but it was not like Jeb Bush was going to run.

11 posted on 10/18/2006 8:13:05 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: BritExPatInFla

Paying ten million dollars to be a Senator makes you wonder is the office is vastly overperked with too much influence for sale.


12 posted on 10/18/2006 8:18:30 AM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com)
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To: Always Right

she was asked by the president not to run.....that is not bull...i hope she wins, as i have been pulling for her all along, but she has been denied funding from the GOP because she defied the will of the party by running...I say you go girl


13 posted on 10/18/2006 8:21:52 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Israel, taking out the world's trash since 1948.)
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To: Always Right

Stepped aside from what? She's not been favorably viewed as a senate candidate ever. She was in a safe house district and dropped that for pie in the sky dreams of being a senator, now she's behind big time. I'll vote for her, only because she's the lesser of two evils, but she's not the best person for the job. IF she wins next month, he seat will be in play right from the start.


14 posted on 10/18/2006 8:23:22 AM PDT by BritExPatInFla
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To: Baynative
It's hard to understand why the RNC isn't supporting her more.

What's hard to understand about putting money where it might actually make a difference instead of flushing it down the commode?

15 posted on 10/18/2006 8:24:43 AM PDT by steve-b (It's hard to be religious when certain people don't get struck by lightning.)
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To: BritExPatInFla

Selling a home in Sarasota these days? Good luck with that.


16 posted on 10/18/2006 8:25:25 AM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: joe fonebone
she was asked by the president not to run.....that is not bull...

Actually, Bush asked her not to run in 2004 and that he would support her in 2006. I have not heard Bush told her not to run this time. If he did, Bush went back on his word.

17 posted on 10/18/2006 8:27:43 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: BritExPatInFla

I don't see how selling her house is going to help. In the first place, it will take longer than three weeks to even get the money from such a sale, so that spoils things.

In the second place, houses aren't selling all that quickly anywhere.

In the third place, it won't make a bit of difference in the election, which she lost long ago.

My advice to KH is to sit tight, take her lumps, and hang on to what assets she has. She's going to need them without that Senate salary and perks.


18 posted on 10/18/2006 8:28:14 AM PDT by MineralMan (Non-evangelical Atheist)
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To: Always Right

Man, you got that right! She is one gutsy lady! I'll take 1 of her over 10 Denny Hasterts any day!


19 posted on 10/18/2006 8:30:00 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: BritExPatInFla
Stepped aside from what? She's not been favorably viewed as a senate candidate ever. She was in a safe house district and dropped that for pie in the sky dreams of being a senator, now she's behind big time.

Bingo. She put her personal ambition ahead of the party's interests.

And now it looks like she can't or won't live up to the promises she made to get the nomination. That's just great.

We should have picked up a Senate seat in Florida. If she can't afford to buy airtime, how does she expect to win?

20 posted on 10/18/2006 8:35:37 AM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: HostileTerritory
Selling a home in Sarasota these days? Good luck with that.

I just read the article, and she's actually selling her house in Washington.

Read into that what you will.

21 posted on 10/18/2006 8:38:36 AM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: italianquaker

t is a disgrace with all the money the gop has that we have to resort to this.

The GOP has more money than the dems, but it's still limited. The GOP pulled money out of Graf's Arizona house race, and if the MSM has it right, is pulling out of Ohio's Senate race. Agree with them on individual decisions or not, the goal of spending money where it may help defeat an opponent instead of spending money on "brave but hopeless" races is a good one.

22 posted on 10/18/2006 8:44:06 AM PDT by retMD
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To: highball

Very important detail! Thank you for bringing it to our attention.


23 posted on 10/18/2006 8:44:57 AM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: BritExPatInFla
Doesn't it seem odd that so many people are willing to spend so much money on getting a job that pays far less than what they put into it?

carolyn

24 posted on 10/18/2006 8:47:41 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: gcruse

Y'a think!!??


25 posted on 10/18/2006 8:47:56 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: CDHart

Our whole system sucks.


26 posted on 10/18/2006 8:49:45 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Always Right

wow.......and i thought senators ran for re-election every 6 years.....2004 + 6years equals 2010....she decided not to run for the house in 2004, the president wanted her to run in 2004 because she could win that seat easily..she chose instead to run for senate in 2006, against the presidents wishes....if you do not know how long the term of a senator is, I hope you are not voting in this election.


27 posted on 10/18/2006 8:56:02 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Israel, taking out the world's trash since 1948.)
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To: CDHart

LOL. What other job can you get that gets you paid trips to Scotland to play St. Andrews?


28 posted on 10/18/2006 8:58:53 AM PDT by dmz
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To: dmz
I guess you mean golf. If so, I understand, as most golfers I know are obsessed with the subject.

Carolyn

29 posted on 10/18/2006 8:59:59 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: BritExPatInFla

I want to know how Harris is SO SURE that house will sell fast enough for her to use the proceeds.


30 posted on 10/18/2006 9:00:21 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Viva Espaņa!)
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To: BritExPatInFla
She's not been favorably viewed as a senate candidate ever. She was in a safe house district and dropped that for pie in the sky dreams of being a senator, now she's behind big time.

Yep. We laughed at Denise Majette when she pulled the exact same stunt (especially when the result was to open up a gap through which Moonbat McKinney fluttered back into Congress).

31 posted on 10/18/2006 9:05:45 AM PDT by steve-b (It's hard to be religious when certain people don't get struck by lightning.)
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To: Xenalyte; BritExPatInFla
I want to know how Harris is SO SURE that house will sell fast enough for her to use the proceeds.

Good point.

I'd like to ask her: if this $800,000 is so crucial to her campaign that she'd sell her house to raise it, why hasn't she made good on her promise to put $10,000,000 of her own money into her campaign?

The whole thing doesn't make sense. It's absurd.

32 posted on 10/18/2006 9:41:01 AM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: CDHart

I'm no golfer, but it seems that every free trip our congresscritters get involves golf at St. Andrews. I'd rather stroll through a vintage musical instrument store.


33 posted on 10/18/2006 9:42:37 AM PDT by dmz
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To: retMD

The gop sabotaged this race from the beginning


34 posted on 10/18/2006 9:43:14 AM PDT by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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To: BritExPatInFla
After 30 posts, it's time for a pic

Go, Katherine, Go!


35 posted on 10/18/2006 9:46:45 AM PDT by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: italianquaker
The gop sabotaged this race from the beginning

How is it "gop sabotage" that she failed to make good on her promise to sink $10M of her own money into the campaign?

36 posted on 10/18/2006 10:02:30 AM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: highball

They didnt support her at all, even a blind man could see that, just ask jeb


37 posted on 10/18/2006 10:18:17 AM PDT by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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To: italianquaker
They didnt support her at all, even a blind man could see that, just ask jeb

I'm not doubting that. The GOP leadership did not endorse a candidate in the primary (which, I believe, is a good policy). They did not annoint a candidate, preferring to let the primary voters decide.

So she took her case to the primary voters. The objection to her candidacy that many of us had was that she could not win. Her response was, in no small part, to commit her own money to the effort. She pledged to give $10 million of her own fortune to her campaign. That was the sign that she was serious.

She hasn't kept her word so far, and if this is the best she can do she won't keep her word at all. She might have won the primary, but she won it with empty promises.

So how exactly is it the fault of the Florida State GOP that Harris broke her promise?

38 posted on 10/18/2006 11:12:39 AM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: highball

The gop and Jeb has not supported her at all and we will be stuck with Harris because of the gops failure


39 posted on 10/18/2006 11:15:33 AM PDT by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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The gop and Jeb has not supported her at all and we will be stuck with Harris because of the gops failure

I'm presuming that you mean we'll be stuck with Nelson. And you're right - it's a shame. But the person to blame is Harris for running a lousy campaign and for breaking her promise.

You keep repeating that they haven't "supported" her, but you fail to answer the very simple question:

How is it Jeb's fault (or the fault of the FL GOP) that Harris has broken the promise she made to the primary voters?

40 posted on 10/18/2006 11:50:33 AM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: highball

No I will not go back in forth with you, to me it is obvious they sold her out and to you its not.
Lets hope for the best.


41 posted on 10/18/2006 1:00:47 PM PDT by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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To: italianquaker

You can't "go back and forth" with someone who dodges a question. It's really quite simple, but I can understand why you won't answer it.

Not surprising to anyone who has followed the Harris campaign, but still very disappointing.


42 posted on 10/18/2006 1:48:38 PM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: highball

Whatever best of luck anywhere


43 posted on 10/18/2006 1:56:37 PM PDT by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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To: areafiftyone

>>Gotta give Harris credit for not giving up. She's a tough lady<<

I admire her fortitude and persistence - - but stubborness is no virtue !


44 posted on 10/19/2006 1:08:28 AM PDT by marc costanzo (Extremist Methods against Liberals and Leftists, is never a Vice !)
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To: highball

>>I'm presuming that you mean we'll be stuck with Nelson. And you're right - it's a shame. But the person to blame is Harris for running a lousy campaign and for breaking her promise.

You keep repeating that they haven't "supported" her, but you fail to answer the very simple question:

How is it Jeb's fault (or the fault of the FL GOP) that Harris has broken the promise she made to the primary voters?
<<

She made that promise in March, ofcourse she is not going to spend all of her money all at once !

Beyond that, it is Jeb's and the GOP's fault - -
If they were not going to support her from the beginning because they thought she was a weak candidate, then why didn't they push forward a better candidate themselves ?

Better still, why didn't Jeb 'through his hat into the race' for Bill Nelson's Senate seat ?


45 posted on 10/19/2006 1:16:08 AM PDT by marc costanzo (Extremist Methods against Liberals and Leftists, is never a Vice !)
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To: marc costanzo
Better still, why didn't Jeb 'through his hat into the race' for Bill Nelson's Senate seat ?

Jeb doesn't want to waste his time in the Senate.

Although he won't say it, I think he wants to run for President in 2012.

46 posted on 10/19/2006 1:19:45 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL)
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To: italianquaker
They didnt support her at all, even a blind man could see that, just ask jeb

Jeb and the GOP at the state and national levels said to her: Look, you can't win. We have the data. You have 100% name recognition and people have already decided what they think of you. Democrats hate you. Independants don't like you. Republicans are not crazy about you.

But Harris said: I can win if want to! Nobody ever tells me no! I am great! I am the center of the universe.

So she runs against nobody and manages get an astounding 49% of the primary vote.

And I will tell you something else. The party is plenty mad. She is done in politics.

And if you think she deserves respect, send her money. Seven people already have.
47 posted on 10/19/2006 1:44:00 AM PDT by BillCompton
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To: MinorityRepublican

>>Jeb doesn't want to waste his time in the Senate.

Although he won't say it, I think he wants to run for President in 2012.

<<

Maybe so, but he can't run for another term of Governorship of Florida anyway .

Would not the senate be a step up ?

What is he going to do from 2007 and 2012 ?


48 posted on 10/19/2006 4:19:23 AM PDT by marc costanzo (Extremist Methods against Liberals and Leftists, is never a Vice !)
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To: BillCompton; italianquaker
>>So she runs against nobody and manages get an astounding 49% of the primary vote.

And I will tell you something else. The party is plenty mad. She is done in politics.

And if you think she deserves respect, send her money. Seven people already have.<<

She was running against two other competitors, but they were little known outside of Florida .

A lot of people on this forum have contributed to the Campaign of Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate .

Many have done so knowing that there was no likelihood
she would unseat incumbent Bill Nelson .
49 posted on 10/19/2006 4:26:55 AM PDT by marc costanzo (Extremist Methods against Liberals and Leftists, is never a Vice !)
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To: BillCompton

I will be 8 and the money I would send the gop will go to her,Thanks


50 posted on 10/19/2006 4:33:32 AM PDT by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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