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."