Just off the wire from Talking Points Memo:
You remember Katherine Harris? Gave Florida to George Bush largely by allowing the systematic denial of basic democracy to large portions of the African American electorate in her state — anyway, that’s one theory. That Katherine Harris, that’s right.
She’s not doing well at all in her latest bid for public office. The man who stands to beat her is Tramm Hudson, another Republican. Here’s what he said on the campaign trail:
“I grew up In Alabama, and I understand, and I know this from my own experience, that blacks are not the greatest swimmers or may not even know how to swim.”
“I said something stupid. I apologize for it and would apologize in person to anyone hurt by my comments. To those who are understandably offended, you have my deepest apologies and I want you to know that it was out of character for me and those who know me know that to be a fact. This was a thoughtless remark that does not reflect my lifetime commitment to treating everyone fairly and without bias. I apologize to everyone who is offended by this comment.”