Oh, my. The AP somehow* got their mitts on a letter sent to Rep. Kathering Harris way back in May by the Florida Republican Party begging Harris to give up her Senate race and stating that the party will not support her campaing.
The state Republican Party bluntly told Rep. Katherine Harris (news, bio, voting record) that she couldn’t win this fall’s Senate election and that the party wouldn’t support her campaign, a letter obtained Monday by The Associated Press shows.
Party Chairman Carole Jean Jordan made a last-ditch attempt in the confidential May 7 letter to force Harris out of the race for the nomination to challenge Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson (news, bio, voting record). But the next day, Harris turned in paperwork to get her name on the Sept. 5 Republican primary ballot.
The letter came as Gov. Jeb Bush was trying to get state House Speaker Allan Bense into the race. Bense announced later that week that he would not enter the race.
The letter was also signed by national committeewoman Sharon Day and national committeeman Paul Senft.
“Katherine, though it causes us much anguish, we have determined that your campaign faces irreparable damage,” the letter said. “We feel that we have no other choice but to revoke our support.”
“The polls tell us that no matter how you run this race, you will not be successful in beating Bill Nelson, who would otherwise be a vulnerable incumbent if forced to face a stronger candidate,” it said.
The state Republican Party confirmed the letter’s contents Monday. In a statement, Jordan said she was “disappointed” that the private letter had been made public but added that “our concerns about the race and Congresswoman Harris’ campaign still exist.”
*Betcha a pony that one of Harris’ many former campaign operatives gave that letter to the AP.