Monday, March 13, 2006

Is She or Isn’t She?

Josh Marshall at TPM points to a couple (here and here) of tantalizing news articles over the weekend that indicate things may be coming to a head in the Katherine Harris senate campaign.

U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris will end speculation next week about her U.S. Senate campaign, either getting out under pressure from the party she was loyal to during the 2000 presidential recount or forging ahead in spite of it.

Harris canceled plans Saturday to attend the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Memphis, Tenn., and instead sent a statement about her candidacy to unseat Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.

“While there has been much speculation in recent days concerning my campaign, and our party faces challenges in this midterm election, I am confident with your dedication and commitment, we shall be victorious in November,” she said.

However, her statement was vague, not saying whether Harris thought she would be victorious. Rather, it said she would “prayerfully prepare with my family, friends and advisers to finalize the strategy for a major announcement next week concerning my candidacy for the U.S. Senate.”

It also raises the question as to who the Republicans can pull out of their hat to run and beat Bill Nelson. Stay tuned.