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Harris event leads to confusion



Anyone who has closely followed U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris' campaign knows there is often disorganization surrounding her events.

Nothing's changed. Not even two days before Election Day.

On Sunday afternoon, Harris' schedule showed she would be attending a community picnic organized by the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa.

It turns out the address emailed to reporters and others - 4002 Thonotosassa Road in Plant City - was actually an empty house with a "Beware of Dog" sign out front. No picnic there.

Campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Marks, who was answering phones at the campaign office, insisted there must be another 4002 Thonostosassa Road in Plant City.

Actually, as you might have guessed, the address was wrong. 

And did we mention the picnic was actually organized by a local church, not the universities? And that the pastor who was in charge had no idea Harris was coming?

About 100 people munched on chicken and corn on the cob while listening to Christian rock music. Harris worked the crowd at the Red Barn Ranch but was asked to not give a speech.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:37am]


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