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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Florida Republican Will Not Challenge Harris for Senate Nomination

The Thing that Wouldn't Leave, aka Katherine Harris, ain't budging and neither is the GOP's preferred choice to run in her place. So they're stuck with that albatross who forced Dubya on us in 2000 by, among other things, listing innocent black Democratic voters as felons and purging them from the poll rosters. Shame on her. These days, even her own party can't stand her, but there's nothing they can do about her. She's not going away. Now they know how we've felt for 6 years. Karma is a good thing. -hl

Any Republicans who were hoping that the speaker of the Florida House, Allan G. Bense, would challenge Representative Katherine Harris for the Senate nomination will have to look somewhere else.

Mr. Bense told his colleagues in the Legislature on Wednesday that he would not run.

The news was a setback to members of the Republican establishment here and nationally, including President Bush and Gov. Jeb Bush, his brother.

Governor Bush has publicly praised Mr. Bense. This week, the governor publicly questioned Ms. Harris's prospects against the Democratic incumbent, Senator Bill Nelson.

The White House political director, Sara Taylor, also praised Mr. Bense this week in an interview with The St. Petersburg Times. The interview was widely interpreted as a subtle but public sign that the White House would do all it could to support a campaign by Mr. Bense.

Ms. Harris's opponents have until Friday to come up with another candidate.

Governor Bush, whose term ends next year, found himself fending off speculation that he would step in to run for the seat, as well as speculation, raised by his brother in the morning, that he would run for president.

"I'm not running for president, I'm not running for United States Senate," he told reporters on Wednesday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale. "I'm trying to be a good governor."

Earlier, President Bush told reporters in Orlando that his brother would "make a great president" and that he hoped his brother would run for a higher office, according to the Web site of The St. Petersburg Times.

"I would like to see Jeb run at some point in time, but I have no idea if that's his intention or not," the paper quoted the president as saying.