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An Officer and a Gentleman



Retired admiral and underdog Republican Senate candidate LeRoy Collins, like an officer and a gentleman, warmly greeted Katherine Harris at a candidate forum in N. Redington Beach today, pulling her seat out for her at the head table. Little did she know that he was getting ready to try to yank her seat out from under her.

After pleasant opening statements about friends and family, Collins cut to the chase on Harris: "The notoriety that she's gotten for our party in my opinion has infected us all. So on this occasion I would like to suggest to her that she withdraw from the race,'' he said as Harris looked at him expressionless and the audience chuckled nervously. "I'm serious. I think for the benefit of the country, for the state, and also for her own self-respect.''

Harris brushed it off. "If your're falling so far behind maybe it's a good press gimmick,'' she said of Collins' comments.

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


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