Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Harris camp feels 'a stab in the back'

from The Hill:
Frustrated with the White House and a key Republican, supporters of Rep. Katherine Harris' (R-Fla.) 2006 Senate campaign lashed out at the administration yesterday for seeking to convince another prominent GOP official to enter the race.

"It's unimaginable that the White House folks and the National Republican Senatorial Committee would be so disloyal to Katherine Harris, especially after all she has done for the Bush family and the Republican Party," a Florida political operative who supports Harris said. "It's unconscionable and a stab in the back."

Harris backers are irritated that State House Speaker Allan Bense met with White House chief of staff Karl Rove and NRSC Chairwoman Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) this week to discuss challenging Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) next year.

The operative added, "If it is true, they should be ashamed and embarrassed, considering she stepped aside at their request for the president and Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) in 2004. It's her turn."

People loyal to Harris claim her move not to run last year demonstrated her loyalty, noting that the president has already won his reelection bid. Some in the White House were concerned that a Harris run in 2004 would have hurt Bush's chances in the Sunshine State.


If true, this is a story without a downside-- (1) It couldn't happen to a nicer or more deserving person; (2) publicizing the way La Famiglia Bush promises its foot soldiers more than it delivers in order to get its dirty work done is an unalloyed good; which (3) should help encourage the legions of shafted cast-offs to leak, backstab and otherwise get even; which might actually, finally work, now that (4) the timing couldn't be better, what with the apparent crumbling of the wall of invulnerability and the increasing willingness of the press to notice all the clothes the emperor isn't wearing.



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