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Howard Dean compares Katherine Harris to Josef Stalin

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Published: Thursday July 27, 2006

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Speaking at the Democratic Professionals Forum in West Palm Beach, DNC Chairman Howard Dean compared Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) to Josef Stalin, today's edition of the Orlando-Sentinel has reported. Harris is a candidate for US Senate.

According to the report, the Chairman "drew raucous applause" as he went after Harris, who served simultaneously as Florida's Secretary of State and chairperson of the state's committee to reelect President Bush.

Excerpts from the article follow...

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Democrat leader Howard Dean compared Republican Senate candidate Katherine Harris to Stalin for her role in the 2000 presidential election recount and called the Iraqi prime minister an "anti-Semite," during a speech before party loyalists Wednesday.

Dean, the Democratic National Committee chairman and a 2004 presidential candidate, drew raucous applause from the Democratic Professionals Forum's 200-person crowd when he attacked Harris, who is trailing badly in her bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

Harris, a U.S. representative from Longboat Key, is still reviled by Democrats for her role in the 2000 recount, when she was secretary of state and also co-chaired President Bush's Florida campaign.

"Thank God for Bill Nelson, because we'd have another crook in the United States Senate if it weren't for him. He is going to beat the pants off Katherine Harris," Dean said. "She doesn't understand that it's ... improper to be chairman of a campaign and count the votes at the same time. This is not Russia and she is not Stalin."