• Here’s where it gets ugly. If you remember last year’s tragic corruption case of California Rep. Duke Cunningham, a genuine air force hero during the Vietnam War, you may recall the name of Washington lobbyist Mitchell Wade, who was Cunningham’s principal corrupter. Well, Cunningham is currently doing eight years in the pen and – here’s the sad part – Wade [who is himself on trial] has at least tried to work his wiles on Rep. Harris. Despite dining out with him at least twice and receiving $32 thousand into her campaign coffers, Katherine Harris staunchly defends her innocence in the matter.
• Is she innocent? I don’t know and I really don’t care because I’m not out to fry her. However, I (along with a gazillion other voters) am fed up with Congressional inaction and dereliction and the ones with whom I chill are especially vote shy with someone that’s suspect.
What sucks is that I sorta know Rep. Harris and I believe she is not only Christian but also reasonably conservative … at her core, a good lady. But, like a lot of other good hearted folks who wade into Washington, I think the Beltway has blinded her. When you become a proven big spender and you hang with creepy fellows of the baser sort, you might want to pull out of DC, regroup, find your soul, drink a margarita, shake it off and let someone else get into the fray.
The good news is that there is a strong contender in all this muck who could possibly spank Nelson. Yeah, believe it or not, there is a solid conservative challenger in the race for the Republican nomination: his name is Will McBride.
Will McBride is new to the political game (A plus for me. He doesn’t have the Beltway slime encrusted on his hull). He’s a solid character, as is his wife, the former Kristy Epperson. Kristy’s maiden name may ring a bell: her father, Stuart Epperson was cited by Time in 2004 as one of America’s 25 leading evangelicals.
Tampa born and raised, a combination of Hispanic and Caucasian blood, resolute in his Christian faith, bilingual McBride is four-square against the mess in Washington, especially what has been going on in Congress. On top of that, he is pro-life, in favor of a marriage amendment to the Constitution and -- this is particularly tasty to me -- a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association [NRA].
Y’know, as much as I respect many of the things Ms. Harris has done during her political career I believe she ought to take one for the team and bow out of her Senate bid. As a Christian, a conservative and a Florida resident I am delighted – and relieved -- Will McBride is gunning for the Senate.
And lastly … a note for Senator Nelson: You might want to look out, Bill -- chances are you won’t be competing against Ms. Katherine as you would like. From here it looks very, very, very possible you’re going to collide with Will McBride.
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