Meek demands Crist reveal position on Kagan
Crist, intriguingly, has not said anything substantial about Kagan since her nomination was announced some 72 hours ago. Meek immediately released a statement strongly supporting the choice; Marco Rubio has come out and said he's got serious concerns about her.
Crist came out against Sonia Sotomayor back when he was still a Republican. But he's now running as an independent, meaning he needs some Dem votes to prevail. So Meek is about to send out a statement demanding Crist reveal where he stands on Kagan:
"Governor Crist and Speaker Rubio stood together to oppose Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Will they stand together again opposing Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination?"
This could put Crist in an awkward spot. Now that he's an indy, conventional wisdom holds that he needs to win both Dems and Repubicans, in addition to independents, to prevail. If he comes out against Kagan, it gives Meek an issue against Crist in their battle over Dem votes. If he comes out for Kagan, it could cost him Republicans to Rubio.
Crist could try to defer the decision, pending confirmation hearings. But that will likely irk both sides, and even so, eventually he'll have to declare a position one way or the other. After all, U.S. Senators have to vote either Yes or No on a SCOTUS nominee. It's an issue where, in the end, there's no middle ground.
I've asked the Crist campaign for his position on Kagan and will update you when I hear back.
May 13, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories: 2010 elections , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans
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