Katherine Harris & Jeb Bush:
"The state Republican Party bluntly told Rep. Katherine Harris that she couldn't win this fall's Senate election and that the party wouldn't support her campaign, a letter obtained Monday by The Associated Press shows."Ralph Reed:
"Party Chairman Carole Jean Jordan made a last-ditch attempt in the confidential May 7 letter to force Harris out of the race for the nomination to challenge Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson. But the next day, Harris turned in paperwork to get her name on the Sept. 5 Republican primary ballot."
"The letter came as Gov. Jeb Bush was trying to get state House Speaker Allan Bense into the race. Bense announced later that week that he would not enter the race."
"Reed was soundly defeated in Tuesday's primary by a conservative state senator, Casey Cagle. Cagle focused on Reed's connection with Abramoff, the convicted lobbyist whose relationship with Reed goes back to when they were both with the College Young Republicans. As a longtime favorite of Christian conservatives, Reed's clean-cut image took a beating when it was revealed that he took millions of dollars from Abramoff to lobby against various gambling initiatives in the South. Reed's goal is one that was shared by many religious conservatives. But when it was revealed that the money came from Abramoff's gambling clients, Indian tribes that felt threatened by competition, Reed was thrown on the defensive and never recovered. Cagle won with 56 percent of the vote."And, finally, Joe Lieberman:
"The New York Times endorsed Ned Lamont over three-term U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman in Connecticut's Aug. 8 Democratic primary, criticizing the incumbent for a 'warped version of bipartisanship,' including support of President George W. Bush on national security issues."
"In defending the Bush administration's efforts to undermine restraints on executive power, Lieberman 'has forfeited his role as a conscience of his party and has forfeited our support,' the Times said today in an editorial."