Republicans don't flip-flop, do they?

In a reversal, Florida Rep. Katherine Harris say she'll return tainted cash -- or at least most of it.

By Tim Grieve

Published December 5, 2005 2:10PM (EST)

You might have called Katherine Harris all sorts of names since the fall of 2000. Here's another one to try: flip-flopper.

When Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham resigned last week after pleading guilty to charges that he accepted at least bribes from defense contractors, Harris was asked what she was going to do about the more than $50,000 she received from owners and employees of two of the companies implicated. She said she was keeping the money.

Now she seems to be having a change of heart. Harris said Friday that she'll donate to charity the money she received from owners and employees of MZM, Inc., and ADCS, Inc. "She doesn't want to be linked with (Cunningham) at all," Harris spokeswoman Morgan Dobbs told the Miami Herald. "She thought the best thing to do is give the money to charity."

Which makes perfectly good sense, except for this: Cunningham himself donated $1,000 to Harris in 2004, and the Associated Press says she's not divesting herself of that.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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