US Rep. Katherine Harris was afraid for her life

A Florida motorist was arrested Wednesday on charges of trying to run down U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris at an intersection where the controversial former state &to=http:// 22/101/399/14296_Elections.html ' target=_blank>elections chief was campaigning for re-election to Congress.

The Republican &to=http:// ' target=_blank>lawmaker and several supporters were campaigning alongside a street corner in her hometown of Sarasota Tuesday evening.

A silver Cadillac sped toward them, drove up onto the sidewalk where Harris stood, and then swerved away at the last minute, the Sarasota police report said.