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It's McBride, not Rodriguez



Yet another weird twist in the Katherine Harris campaign: At a candidate forum in Pinellas on Friday, Harris volunteer Jackie Brownhill asked Will McBride why he changed his last name from Rodriguez. He hadn't, said a startled McBride, who has two caucasion grandfathers and two Mexican grandmothers. Brownhill told us at the time her question stemmed from "a good source" and declined to say if someone on the Harris campaign suggested she ask him. She did say it didn't come from Harris, and said of McBride, "He doesn't look American."

Now McBride wants an apology from Harris: The real implication of the planted question was that somehow I should be embarrassed about my Latino heritage," McBride said. "I am William Richard McBride and always have been. I am also a proud Latino and always will be. Katherine Harris and her campaign staff are the ones that should be ashamed. But more important than an apology to me, Katherine Harris should also apologize to every Rodriguez and person of Latino descent for implying that somehow they should be embarrassed about who they are."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:10pm]


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