Some Things About Mary

Her critics say she's a party hack. She prefers to be called madam secretary.

The desire to distance Kiffmeyer from Harris was understandable. After all, as Florida's secretary of state, Harris presided over the disastrous 2000 election and thereby became a preeminent symbol for party hacks everywhere. That is hardly the sort of association that Kiffmeyer would want played up in the urban press, especially as charges of Kiffmeyer's partisanship gathered steam.

Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer
Craig Lassig
Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer

Strictly by the letter, of course, Kaiser was correct. Katherine Harris never did attend the Kiffmeyer fundraiser. But that wasn't because she was not invited; it was because the fundraiser was scheduled for September 14, 2001, three days after the 9/11 attacks, when all air travel nationwide was still suspended.

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