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Hasn’t Blown Over

By on 9.27.05 | 12:19AM

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita failed to make much of a dent on Florida in the past six weeks, but Hurricane Katherine continues to wreak political havoc in the Sunshine State.

Katherine Harris, who is an announced candidate to challenge Sen. Bill Nelson, was not the first pick of the White House or the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She refused to listen to requests that she hold off in running for the Senate seat after serving only her second term in Congress. Harris also refused to listen to entreaties from one of her staunchest state allies, Gov. Jeb Bush, who was lining up potentially stronger candidates to challenge Nelson.

But Harris wouldn't hear of it. Now it appears her independent streak is coming back to bite her. Reports out of Florida and Washington paint a Harris for Senate campaign that is rife with trouble, and that there may be wholesale changes made to the campaign team before the campaign has even gotten off the ground.

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