Harris's Advisors Flee in Panic!

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Harris's Advisors Flee in Panic!

Postby kurt_w » Sun Mar 26, 2006 11:07 am

It is kind of entertaining watching Katherine Harris's senate campaign crash and burn so spectacularly.

Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo site has been keeping up with it all -- the bribery, the likelihood of her being indicted in the not-too-distant future, the speculation about dropping out of the campaign, etc. etc. etc.

Earlier posts at TPM have explained Ms. Harris's legal troubles, which seem to closely parallel those of former Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA), who resigned and was indicted on a variety of corruption charges. Apparently, Ms Harris has taken tens of thousands of dollars from one of the key figures in the Cunningham bribery scandal.

This week, Marshall quotes an article from the St Petersburg Times:

As Katherine Harris' rocky Senate campaign takes an increasingly evangelical Christian bent, her remaining top campaign staffers are preparing to jump ship.

Colleagues say Harris' closest confidante lately appears to be spiritual adviser Dale Burroughs, founder of the Biblical Heritage Institute in Bradenton.

"Dr. Dale," as she is known among campaign staffers, describes herself as a licensed clinical pastoral counselor who counsels in behavior temperament, career, crisis and disaster, among other things.Burroughs has been advising Harris for years, but lately has had a more prominent role as Harris stopped listening to other campaign advisers. [...]

Friends and advisers say Harris has been deeply religious all her life, but religion recently has become a central part of her campaign. Campaign staffers warily describe Harris as leading a "Christian crusade."

"It was always part of the background, but it was never an integral part of the campaign. It never engulfed her," said former campaign manager Jim Dornan, who quit the campaign in November but keeps in touch with staffers. "She's grasping for a pillar she thinks this campaign can be raised on."

Her top campaign advisers, having failed to persuade Harris to drop her struggling campaign against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, are preparing to leave. Those include Ed Rollins, a highly regarded GOP strategist and her top campaign adviser; Adam Goodman, her longtime Tampa-based media consultant; and campaign manager Jamie Miller. Harris has been aggressively campaigning for support among religious conservatives, hitting large churches and headlining a "Reclaiming America for Christ" conference in Broward County last weekend. She told hundreds of attendees she was "doing God's work" with her campaign. [...]

In addition to the other campaign workers expected to leave, press secretary Morgan Dobbs and director of field operations Megan Ortagus are actively seeking new jobs with other campaigns.

An assistant finance staffer had her last day with Harris on Friday. Pollster Ed Goeas dropped off the campaign last week after advising Harris she should drop out because he saw no chance of success.


Obviously, Katherine Harris did irreparable damage to America back in November 2000. But now she's making up for it (well, at least in a small way) by helping the Democrats in their campaign to recapture the senate in November.

If you have any friends or relatives in Florida, PLEASE get them to write or call Ms Harris and encourage her to stay in the race. Remind her that she's doing God's work, and that she shouldn't pay attention to anyone who says otherwise...

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Postby kurt_w » Sun Mar 26, 2006 12:06 pm

I suppose we should point out this, from the Orlando Sentinel:

The polls have been pretty rough, too. In the latest Quinnipiac survey, she trailed Nelson by 22 percentage points. And that was before a defense contractor admitted giving her illegal campaign donations while asking her to help him win $10 million in federal aid.


So, Harris was down by 22 points in the polls before:
    * The bribery scandal broke;

    * Nearly her whole campaign team decided to jump ship;

    * She stopped listening to her friends and became a follower of some kind of wacko-religious-right guru; and

    * She decided to refocus her campaign as a "Christian Crusade".
Wow.

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Postby jammybastard » Sun Mar 26, 2006 12:49 pm

karma?
I think so.

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Postby Billy Shears » Sun Mar 26, 2006 1:57 pm

I guess the tit-hugging spandex ploy didn't work as well as she'd hoped.

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Postby SombreroFallout » Sun Mar 26, 2006 2:21 pm

Crooks&Liars has this outrageously funny interview w/ her on Hannity & Colmes -- a show I've never seen -- in which she flirts w/ Hannity and bats her eyelashes and flaunts her...
...umm I'm not sure what to call it --

but it sure was a laugh riot. Kinda spooky too.

"What a great day for women, Sean! One woman pilots the space shuttle into space, while here on earth another woman announces her candidacy for US Senate! What a day in history!"

Surreal.

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Postby snoqueen » Sun Mar 26, 2006 8:19 pm

The woman sounds like she's a few bricks short of a load.

Still, one could wish for worse things than incompetent adversaries.

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Postby Billy Shears » Sun Mar 26, 2006 9:16 pm

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Postby gargantua » Mon Mar 27, 2006 3:47 pm

Hmmm. I wouldn't mind trading places with that saddle.....

Just sayin'.

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Postby snoqueen » Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:15 pm

Needs to shorten those stirrups or she'll be left behind if the horse takes off.

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Postby Madcity Expat » Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:17 pm

gargantua wrote:Hmmm. I wouldn't mind trading places with that saddle.....

Just sayin'.


How about now?

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Postby gargantua » Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:55 pm

Must....gouge out.....own eyes.....!

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Postby white_rabbit » Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:46 pm

Madcity Expat wrote:

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Seperated at birth? You tell me...

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Postby minicat » Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:03 am

snoqueen wrote:Needs to shorten those stirrups or she'll be left behind if the horse takes off.


I hope the video of that shows up.

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Postby kurt_w » Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:20 pm

Ack! Harris is down by 28 pointsand sinking!

Damn it all to hell, if this goes on the GOP is going to have to draft someone else to run.

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Postby snoqueen » Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:42 pm

To judge by the reaction on the forum, they'd do better running that girl on the brown horse.


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