posted on Oct, 27 2004 @ 12:49 PM
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Sarasota man was arrested on an aggravated assault charge early Wednesday after he was accused of trying to run down U.S. Rep.
Katherine Harris and a group of supporters with his car.
Witnesses said a silver Cadillac sped through a Sarasota intersection and swerved onto the sidewalk. The car headed straight toward Harris before
swerving at the last minute and driving off, according to police.
Harris told police she feared for her life and couldn't move as the vehicle sped toward her, police records show.
Witnesses gave the car's license plate number to police, and they tracked it to Barry M. Seltzer, 46. He came to the police station early Wednesday
and complained to officers that Harris' supporters had impeded traffic.
"I intimidated them with my car," Seltzer told police. "I was exercising my political expression."
He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Sarasota County jail. Seltzer was being held without bond and was
scheduled for his first court appearance Thursday.
Harris, a Sarasota Republican, is seeking a second congressional term after serving as Florida's secretary of state during the protracted 2000
She has been a rising star in the GOP and the bane of Democrats since overseeing the recount that gave Florida and the presidency to George W. Bush by