Kendrick Meek has faced a couple of challenges since announcing his plans to run for Senate. One of his main road blocks is that more than a few Floridians are still unaware of the Congressman and he is in a bitter primary race against Democratic challenger Jeff Greene.
In fact depending on which poll you view, Meek is trailing Greene by at least 6 percentage points. Some Democrats are distancing themselves from Meek and just as far back as a few weeks ago the White House had yet to confirm that President Obama would campaign for the Florida Congressman.
If anything, Meek supporters were starting to get weary. But today the campaign received a bit of good news.
President Obama traveled to Miami today for a DNC fundraiser that could raise as much as $1 million dollars. Obama praised Meek and said that he “will be a champion for middle-class families” if elected to the Senate.
Today White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said that the White House “has fully embraced Kendrick Meek.” Fitting that this comes on the day the President visited the city of Miami, where Meek represents the 17th district.
Meek faces a bloody type of political battle in the August 24th primary against Jeff Greene.
In other Florida political news newly Independent Governor Charlie Crist is breathing a sigh of relief that he’s no longer a part of the Republican Party. Oh yeah, Crist is also the Governor of Florida.
As of late Charlie has continued to move left as he takes in more campaign dollars from Democrats and has found an unlikely ally in President Obama. He’s still up in the polls against Republicans challenger Marco Rubio and will best any Democrat that tries him, listening Greene and Meek?
He was with the President on the stimulus, he defended him against critics when the oil spill threatened Florida, championed Obama’s jobs bill that will send more than $1 billion dollars to the state, and was in favor of the President’s comments on the planned Muslim community center a few blocks away from where the World Trade Center used to stand.
However, Democrats and Independents shouldn’t get to happy at the sight of Charles’ left lean. When Charlie sees that the political tide is turning he will turn right along with it. He wanted so badly to be John McCain’s running mate in 2008 and regularly bashed Obama and only recently made this shift because he’s had steady poll numbers.