Katherine Harris: I've got Joementum

The former Florida secretary of state says she's staying in the race for the U.S. Senate.

Tim Grieve
March 9, 2006 7:15PM (UTC)

As we were writing Wednesday's item about rumors that Katherine Harris was on the verge of withdrawing from the Senate race in Florida, we should have focused back on a recent piece about Harris in the New Republic. Poll numbers be damned, Michael Crowley wrote, Harris will pretty much never go away: "She is a woman with unfinished business, determined to undo her popular image as a vapid, makeup-glazed henchwoman -- and perhaps even to fulfill a kind of divine calling."

It turns out that Crowley was right -- at least for now. Harris, trailing in the polls and besieged by questions about illegal campaign contributions, called the Associated Press Wednesday afternoon to say that she's not going anywhere. "I am out there. We are running hard. We think we have great momentum," Harris said. "We've had some negative hits but we've had an overwhelming response from grass roots and leadership around the state that are saying 'Go for it,' and that's what we're doing."

Tim Grieve

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

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