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Katherine Harris gets no love from her party

Harris to make ‘major announcement’. This week she plans to come up with a way to say she’s toast. The GOP is letting Florida U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris twist in the wind. She’s too radioactive, with her erupting scandals, and you sense a boot is firmly poised to kick her keister out of the race if she doesn’t get the hell out of the picture on her own. She’s only got $1 million in the till to Dem Senator Bill Nelson’s $8 million, so the GOP fundraising train has left her in the station as well. Tee hee.

The Longboat Key Republican’s campaign is barely stumbling along after revelations that she took thousands in illegal contributions from a defense contractor who bribed a California congressman. And while she has had little to say about the matter, many others are talking, including Republicans worried about losing the Senate race and Democrats emboldened by the financial and political woes confronting Harris.

It didn’t help when rumors circulated last week that Harris might not stay in the race. In her statement, Harris acknowledged all the speculation, notifying Republican activists at a meeting in Memphis that she was canceling her scheduled appearance there Saturday night “as I prayerfully prepare with my family, friends and advisors to finalize the strategy for a major announcement next week concerning my candidacy for the U.S. Senate.”

…While she told The Associated Press last week that she was staying in, the pressure has not eased. Wilson and other Republicans have been worried that Harris will bring down other candidates if she runs.

“I have no happy fairyland vision that she can win,” Wilson said.

Republican consultant Geoffrey Becker said the race has gotten out of her control. “It sounds like she’s thinking of a way to get out,” he said Saturday.

Who will take her place if she drops out? As early as last December, Novakula speculated that semi-closeted homo-hating homo Rep. Mark Foley might get the nod, but a story this week suggested Tom Rooney, a nephew of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney might be tapped to step in and that the president of the Florida Senate, Tom Lee, is being hunted down by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

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