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Florida politician has her eye on Congress

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Secretary of State Katherine Harris, Florida's best-known female politician after the five-week recount that sent George W. Bush to the White House, apparently wants to join the president in Washington.

Harris' political advisers are "trying to put together the best campaign team that they can" for a congressional run in 2002, state GOP executive director David Johnson told The Associated Press.

Harris, who has nearly a year to formally enter the race, refused Tuesday to confirm she was running but added she's confident she can "make a difference" in Congress.

"People have been extremely encouraging and supportive," said Harris, who would seek the 13th District seat being vacated by Rep. Dan Miller, a Republican who plans to retire after five terms.

In a related matter, Harris said Wednesday she will allow the news media to inspect computer hard drives in her office, though she says she isn't required to by law.

Harris has faced questions about the release of material related to the 2000 Florida election recount.