Bill Clinton tried to get Kendrick Meek to drop out of Florida Senate race
(Credit: AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
By Anne E. Kornblut
Former President Bill Clinton nearly persuaded Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek to drop out of the Florida Senate race, telling him that he could make a greater impact if he quit the three-way race and endorsed Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent, a Clinton official confirmed late Thursday.
Clinton, a longtime friend of Meek's, first worked through his senior adviser Doug Band to make the deal, spokesman Matt McKenna confirmed. The exchange was first reported by Ben Smith in Politico. Meek seemed amenable, and on two occasions nearly went through with it. But
he ultimately changed his mind, and is now in third place behind both Crist and the frontrunner, Republican Marco Rubio.
"As Democrats attempt to make some kind of lemonade out of this lemon of an election for them by claiming that they're gaining enthusiasm, this news takes any sails out of their wind. This will have a depressing effect on Democratic votes in Florida, especially among African Americans in the state," said RNC spokesman Doug Heye.
Anne E. Kornblut
| October 28, 2010; 7:01 PM ET
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