Police: Man threatens Katherine Harris

Oct. 27, 2004 at 1:21 PM
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SARASOTA, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A man accused of trying to run over Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla., with his Cadillac was arrested Wednesday in Sarasota, Fla.

Barry M. Seltzer, 46, was taken into custody at his home and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported.

A police report said Harris and a group of supporters were campaigning on the corner on an intersection about 6 p.m. when they saw the Cadillac.

Police said the car drove up the sidewalk directly at Harris, a former secretary of state and major figure in the post-election dispute between President Bush and former Vice President Al Gore.

The arrest report quoted Seltzer as telling officers: "I was exercising my political expression. I did not run them down, I scared them a little."

Harris said she was afraid for her life.

Seltzer, a landlord for several rental properties, was taken to the Sarasota County Jail.

Harris is running for re-election against Democrat Jan Schneider in Tuesday's general election.

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