Your Monday Morning Republican Juggernaut Update

From Holden:

I’m still catching up on all the events that occurred during my week away from the Internets, and where better to start than with our own Kathy Harris?

AP Photo/Phil Coale

The smallest things would set her off. Buying the wrong candy for her to toss at parades. Photographing her vertically instead of horizontally. Failing to bring her favorite Starbucks beverage (extra hot venti triple latte, no fat, no foam, one Sweet’N Low).

One minute, Rep. Katherine Harris would lavish campaign staff members with praise and hugs. The next she would lose her temper, screaming “stupid” or “idiot” at a startled employee.

“You never know what you are going to get,” said Mike Miller, who left in February after serving eight months as her finance director. “Some days, it would be great. Other days, it would be ‘Oh, my God.’ ”


The St. Petersburg Times contacted Harris’ former campaign staff members, interviewing more than a dozen. Many compared her to the over-the-top boss portrayed by Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada,” and all but one described Harris in a strikingly similar way.

They cited her demeaning comments, her practice of pitting staff members against another, her unwillingness to take advice and her penchant for getting caught up for days in the tiniest details, such as the exact shade of blue to use on her business cards.


Spokeswoman Jennifer Marks said Harris had grown tired of the misperceptions about her and would refer the newspaper to other former employees who would speak positively about her. After more than a week, her office failed to produce any names.