Today finds Rep. Katherine Harris’ Democratic opponent, incumbent Senator Bill Nelson, rolling in dough.
Sen. Bill Nelson’s best-known Republican rival in Florida’s U.S. Senate race is churning through campaign staffers, trailing by 30 points in the polls and wounded by ties to a scandal-linked lobbyist.
Yet the Democratic senator is shattering Florida fundraising records, raising more than $15 million for his reelection bid — already more than Republican Sen. Mel Martinez raised in his successful 2004 race.
The haul puts Nelson in the mega-money stratosphere with just a handful of senators, including Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who, locked in a tight race, has raised $20 million and has $9.5 million in cash, and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., who has $22 million on hand and is widely believed to be laying the groundwork for a presidential bid. In contrast, Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., who faces a serious primary challenge, has about $4.3 million cash on hand.
But Harris’ finance chair, Stanley Tate, acknowledged that the lack of enthusiasm from the Republican establishment, which openly courted alternatives to Harris, has slowed fundraising.
Tate said he’s pleaded with Sen. Elizabeth Dole, who runs Senate recruiting for the national party and ”who’s got an apartment next to me in Bal Harbour,” to publicly embrace Harris. She has not.
Meanwhile, Ms. Harris is… shit, what is she blathering about anyway?
Harris, flanked by two large American flags, spoke mostly about immigration, from which she drew parallels to the current fighting between Israeli troops and the Hezbollah militia.
“Israel is fighting a global war, a global enemy, its terrorists, on all of our behalf,” Harris said, adding that the United States must take aggressive steps to tighten its own borders to block terrorists.
“We hear of Middle Easterners — they could be fundamental extremists — taking Hispanic names and coming into our country. We do not know where they are. This is a matter of great national security,” she said.