Karen Harrington (R CAND, FL-23) invites Paul Ryan to campaign in her district.

I happened to be on a conference call with FL-23 candidate Karen Harrington, who of course is the person facing DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the general election.  So it’s going to be a tough race; after all, if there’s any seat that the Democrats would be personally embarrassed to lose, it’d be this one.  But when I asked directly whether Karen Harrington would welcome Paul Ryan campaigning for her in the district, she replied:

Absolutely… it would be a honor to have someone of Paul Ryan’s stature. Absolutely: not just because he’s the Vice President [nominee]; if he didn’t accept that role, and it was just Congressman Paul Ryan I would welcome him.

I bring this up because a number of people started this week by suggesting that adding Paul Ryan to the ticket would hurt the GOP downticket, particularly in states like Florida.  While that argument seems to have largely died off – mostly of embarrassment, apparently – I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t point out that Republican candidates and politicians don’t seem to be particularly nervous about the Ryan pick.  In fact, the default emotion that I’ve been detecting seems to be relief(more…)


RedState Gathering: Karen Harrington (R CAND, FL-23 PRI).

There are a bunch of these, particularly of Florida-specific content: early voting has started in the primary, which means that the election is going on right now.  Accordingly… Karen Harrington is running to get the right to challenge Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the general election for FL-23.  I touched base with her at the Gathering about that:

Karen Harrington’s site is here.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: Note, by the way, that these videos will not be of the speakers’ remarks and Q&A sessions; these are the one-on-one interviews I (usually) got in afterwards.

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