Katherine Harris represented the 13th Congressional District of Florida District 13 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The infamous Florida Republican gave up her seat in the House to running for the Senate in 2006, but she lost to incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.
2006 Senate Race
Insiders predict the 49 year old will withdraw from the Senate race. Republicans are afraid her name on the ballot will mobilize Democrats who might not otherwise vote. Harris achieved infamy during the 2000 presidential election, when as Florida's secretary of state she was responsible for certifying the disputed deciding votes in the election of George W. Bush.
Harris has admitted to receiving $32,000 of illegal campaign contributions from Mitchell Wade, the CEO of MZM, a corrupt defense contractor who admitted bribing former U.S. Congressman Randy Cunningham. (She has contributed that money to charity.) This is similar to another incident, when insurance executives from Riscorp admitted to illegally donating $20,000 to her 1994 campaign.
In an article in the July 2006 issue of The Progressive, "On the Bus with Katherine Harris," (pages 29-31) Stephen Elliott writes that she has injected some $3 million of her own money into her faltering election campaign. That's 3 million of the $10 million that she inherited from her father. Elliott reports that Democrats are delioghted to see her squander the entire sum on a failed campaign. [See makeherspenditall.com]
Some critics have derided Harris for trying to highlight her "feminine" attributes in campaign appearances. In particular an appearance on Hannity & Colmes in which she stood in profile for the entire interview (being shown from the waist up) as an attempt to feature her breasts as prominently as possible. Video of the appearance was posted on Crooks and Liars, and bloggers have provided additional photographs of Harris, with criticism. 
Right Wing Talking Head Michelle Malkin rebuked Harris's critics, charging them with "liberal sexism.". However, some conservatives have also criticized Harris for her choice of tight clothing in campaign appearances.
Other Peculiar Behavior
Harris was a headlined speaker at the 'Reclaim America for Christ Conference 2006'. The stated mission of the group is to 'come together to reclaim this land for Christ.' This Christian movement seeks to remove the separation of church and state.
- "If you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin."
- Official website
- Google News search for "Katherine Harris"
- FEC filings
- Dirty Harris (St. Petersburg Times, 3-3-06)
- Babcock, Charles R. Harris Requested Funds At Behest of Contractor ‘’Washington Post’’, 3-4-06.
- Wallace, Jeremy. Harris 'circling the wagons,' consultant says Senate hopeful cancels weekend appearance ‘’HeraldTribune.com’’, 3-5-06.
- Farrington, Brendan. Last of Harris' top campaign staff leave Orlando Sentinel, 4-2-06.
- Stratton, Jim. Questions raised over meal shared by Harris, convicted lobbyist Contra Costa Times, April 21, 2006.
- Williams, Carol J., and Associated Press. "Florida's Harris wins GOP Senate primary." Los Angeles Times (San Francisco Chronicle), September 6, 2006.