Katherine Harris Says She's Staying In Florida Senate Race
Reported by Ellen - March 15, 2006 -
Updated: The ethically challenged Katherine Harris insisted that she's staying in the Florida Senate race despite Republican Party pressure on her to quit. In a just-ended interview on Hannity & Colmes, Harris told Sean Hannity that she's not only staying, she's putting her entire legacy, $10 million recently inherited from her father, into the campaign. An obviously stunned Sean Hannity stuttered, "You know this is what (your father) would want you to do?" Harris was not only certain, she claimed her candidacy would be "a referendum of reform on ethics and integrity."
Hannity asked about Mitchell Wade, the defense contractor who bribed Congressman Duke Cunningham and admitted funelling $32,000 of illegal campaign contributions to her. Harris said, “The authorities say that I could not have known. I did not know." But, as Think Progress reports, a review of the facts makes her story lose credibility.
Harris' voice was often very dramatic as were her words. She declared, "Let me tell you what the truth is. I’m staying. I’m in this race. I’m going to win. And let me tell you how. I’m going to put EVERYTHING on the line. Everything, not just my future and my reputation, my father’s name. I’m gonna take his legacy… Everything that I have and I’m gonna put it in this race. I’m going to commit my legacy from my father, $10 million… This is everything that I have.”
Despite all the bravado, the interview was conducted with Sean Hannity only (whereas her last two included Alan Colmes). Nevertheless, when Hannity asked how the media had treated her, Harris replied that she was looking forward to a press conference in Florida on Friday. "We’re very forthcoming. We engage with them. I’m here with you this evening."
Harris' campaign got off to a - er, shaky start last summer when she spent her entire Hannity & Colmes interview standing sideways to the camera while twitching her over-sized chest. At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, I couldn't help but conclude that what she really wanted the audience to check out was something other than her politics.
The boob brigade carefully scrutinzing tonight's interview was slightly disappointed to note that Harris wore a demure, high-necked outfit. Perhaps not wanting to take any chances, the FOX News producers placed a large "H&C EXCLUSIVE" banner that just happened to cover anything that might have been well, out of order from the neck down.
3/16/06 comment: My prediction is that Harris will quit the race anyway.