St. Petersburg Times
Special report
Video report
  • For their own good
    Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
  • More video reports
Multimedia report
Print Email this storyEmail story Comment Email editor
Fill out this form to email this article to a friend
Your name Your email
Friend's name Friend's email
Your message

Harris ad ignores primary foes

Published August 26, 2006

A day after a rival announced plans to air his first television ads in the Republican primary, U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris began airing her own.

But the ad doesn't mention her opponents in the four-way race for the GOP nomination. It criticizes Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson.

"Bill Nelson is a do-nothing liberal senator who hasn't passed a meaningful bill in six years," the narrator says. "And as insurance commissioner, Nelson's actions caused insurance rates to soar, and Floridians paid the price."

The 30-second ads will air statewide through the Sept. 5 primary.

The narrator refers to Harris as "a gutsy woman who fought for conservative values and won."

Harris faces retired Adm. LeRoy Collins, Orlando lawyer Will McBride and Safety Harbor developer Peter Monroe in the primary. The winner faces Nelson in November.

McBride will begin airing ads today saying Republicans shouldn't waste votes on Harris, whose campaign has been plagued by problems, including a federal inquiry into her relationship with a convicted briber.

"This TV spot will just remind people that Katherine Harris has no credibility," Nelson's campaign manager Chad Clanton said. "Her attacks are completely false, and ... nothing but a cynical attempt to divert attention from her involvement in a congressional corruption scandal."

[Last modified August 26, 2006, 01:11:24]

Share your thoughts on this story

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Subscribe to the Times
Click here for daily delivery
of the St. Petersburg Times.

Email Newsletters