Thursday, October 28, 2004

Motor Voter

From the Miami Herald:

A motorist who told police he was exercising his “political expression” was jailed Wednesday on an aggravated assault charge alleging he tried to run down U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris and a group of reelection campaign supporters. No one was injured.

Harris, a Sarasota Republican, told police she feared for her life and couldn’t move as the vehicle sped toward her Tuesday night, police records show.

Police tracked the car’s license plate number to Barry M. Seltzer, 46, of Sarasota, a registered Democrat.

“I intimidated them with my car,” Seltzer told police. “I was exercising my political expression. I did not run them down. I scared them a little.”

Seltzer was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Sarasota County jail.

The first-degree felony carries a possible 30-year prison sentence. He was being held without bond and was scheduled for his first court appearance today.

Harris is seeking reelection after serving as Florida’s secretary of state during the protracted 2000 presidential recount.

Ms. Harris escaped injury by jumping on her broomstick and flying out of harm’s way.