Seven Degrees of Katherine Harris

From Holden:

A couple of Republican Juggernaut-related stories for your Thursday morning.


LeRoy Collins Jr. has millions of Florida voters to reach if he wants to beat front-runner Katherine Harris for the Republican bid for U.S. Senate. At a campaign event on Wednesday morning he managed to reach one.

His former U.S. Naval Academy classmate Roger Betts arrived 30 minutes before the 11 a.m. campaign speech at Punta Gorda Isles civic center. Betts had only just heard of the event from a friend, but quickly took charge. There was no American flag in the room — so he got one from the center’s manager.


As the time on Betts’ $25 Casio watch approached 11 a.m., it became clear he wouldn’t need the flag. No one else showed up.

“Hello Roger. Good to see you, man,” Collins said, entering the civic center at 11:20 a.m. with Jane, his wife of 47 years. “This place is hard to find.”

“Well,” Betts said, “unfortunately, nobody else has been able to find it either.”


Randolph B. Maddox, former treasurer to a congressional campaign committee, pleaded guilty to wrongful conversion of campaign funds.


According to the plea agreement, Maddox was treasurer of the Committee to Elect Nancy Detert, a Republican state representative in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris in the 13th Congressional District.

The release said Maddox wrongfully converted more than $90,000 and absconded with that money to South America. He subsequently returned to the U.S. and returned the converted funds, according to the plea agreement.