Your Monday Afternoon Republican Juggernaut Update

From Holden:

Well, we knew it was just a matter of time until someone had to pay for the miserable turnout at last week’s Harris for Senate campaign event (not to mention Rep. Harris’ lies about the reason for said miserable turnout), and the axe fell today.

U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris has lost another key staffer in the wake of a disastrous political rally last week.

Rhyan Metzler, who had been Harris’ political director, is no longer with the campaign, according to Harris spokeswoman Jennifer Marks. Metzler is the staffer that is being blamed for embarrassing comments Harris made following a rally at Orlando Executive Airport.

Only 40 people showed up for the event — a number that includes Harris staff and media — and Harris blamed the paltry turnout in part on a last-minute location change. She said a tree fell on the hangar that the rally was scheduled to be in forcing her campaign to switch to another hangar.

Airport officials, however, said no trees had fallen and that Harris was in the hangar her campaign had originally booked.

Marks would not discuss Metzler’s departure saying, “We’re not going into the details of a personnel issue.”


Metzler is a former field director for the Republican party in Orlando. In 2004, he made news when he was involved in a scuffle at GOP headquarters. Metzler said a a group of about 60 Democratic protesters forced their way into the office injuring his wrist as he attempted to keep them out.