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Orlando Sentinel column: Why would Kendrick Meek oppose savings for Medicare

Today, the Orlando Sentinel published “a column about waste, fraud, abuse and self-destruction by U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek.” The column outlines a bill to reduce costs to Medicare recipients and Rep. Kendrick Meek’s opposition to the bill. The column questions Meek’s opposition to the bill while he received tens of thousands of dollars from Medicare suppliers.

“There is a clear pattern of Congressman Meek putting special interests ahead of the people’s interests: Meek has received money from big oil including BP and voted for off-shore oil drilling – while claiming he hasn’t; he sought millions of dollars in federal earmarks for indicted developer Dennis Stackhouse while his mom was paid consulting fees and given an Escalade and his chief of staff received a loan; Meek took money from Wall Street and lenders while hosting subprime housing fairs which caused the housing crisis; and now we are learning that Rep. Meek attempted to block reduction in Medicare costs while receiving tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from Medicare suppliers. Floridians should be outraged. Meek’s efforts to put special interests over seniors is exactly more of the same corruption and bribery that is typical of career Washington politicians. It must end. I will never take one penny of special interest money and will always put Florida’s seniors and middle class first,” said Jeff Greene.

Today’s Orlando Sentinel column comes on the heels of a Miami Herald article that reports Meek’s legislation to block Medicare reductions is backed by the medical supply industry and opposed by AARP: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/07/10/1723976/meek-greene-spar-over-medicare.html

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Jeff Greene launches new statewide television ad: ‘Family’

Today, Jeff Greene, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, launched a new television ad entitled: Family. The 30-second spot that will air across Florida focuses on Jeff being raised in a middle-class family by parents who instilled in him the importance of a good education, hard work and giving back. The ad also introduces voters to his own family, wife Mei Greene and son Malcolm Greene, and underscores his reasons for running for office.

As a husband, new father and successful businessman, Jeff wants to do what he can to make Florida prosper again – that’s why he’s running for the U.S. Senate. He won’t sit by and do nothing while career politicians continue to look out for the special interests instead of the people of Florida. Unlike his opponents, Jeff won’t take a single penny from special interests and will only be beholden to the people of Florida who elect him. Jeff will give Floridians a voice in Washington.

The latest Rasmussen Report of the Florida Senate Race, released July 8, 2010, found that in a three way race against the Independent and Republican challengers, Jeff Greene fares better than Kendrick Meek with Greene 18 percent over Meek at 15 percent. Greene, who was at 13 percent last month, now surpasses Meek in a three-way race. Jeff is gaining momentum, while Kendrick Meek continues to lose support among voters and is unelectable.

Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjKD7YKe01A

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Jeff Greene launches new statewide television ad: ‘Family’

Today, Jeff Greene, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, launched a new television ad entitled: Family. The 30-second spot that will air across Florida focuses on Jeff being raised in a middle-class family by parents who instilled in him the importance of a good education, hard work and giving back. The ad also introduces voters to his own family, wife Mei Greene and son Malcolm Greene, and underscores his reasons for running for office.

As a husband, new father and successful businessman, Jeff wants to do what he can to make Florida prosper again – that’s why he’s running for the U.S. Senate. He won’t sit by and do nothing while career politicians continue to look out for the special interests instead of the people of Florida. Unlike his opponents, Jeff won’t take a single penny from special interests and will only be beholden to the people of Florida who elect him. Jeff will give Floridians a voice in Washington.

The latest Rasmussen Report of the Florida Senate Race, released July 8, 2010, found that in a three-way race against the Independent and Republican challengers, Jeff Greene fares better than Kendrick Meek with Greene 18 percent over Meek at 15 percent. Greene, who was at 13 percent last month, now surpasses Meek in a three way race. Jeff is gaining momentum, while Kendrick Meek continues to lose support among voters and is unelectable.

Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjKD7YKe01A

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Dan Gelber the Legislator vs. Dan Gelber the Candidate

Dan Gelber is everything a progressive Democrat could want in a candidate.  Ideologically, Senator Gelber has a proven track record of fighting for causes important to both liberal and moderate wings of the party.  Personally, the man is simply impressive, with a distinguished resume and a dignified, but welcoming disposition that just radiates a sense of gravitas.

I had the opportunity to speak with Senator Gelber last Thursday when he was in St. Petersburg and I immediately remembered why we Democrats like him so much.

Unfortunately for Senator Gelber, it’s been a tough past couple of weeks.  Neck and neck with Senator Dave Aronberg for the nomination in the Attorney General  race, this is not exactly the right time for Gelber to face questions about the timing of his resignation from his law firm, which has been selected to represent BP in any litigation stemming from the oil spill.

Of course, it’s also not a good idea to call into the question the integrity of one of the most universally respected leaders in the state.  Except, that is what Dave Aronberg is doing – effectively.

Why? Because Aronberg is fighting Dan Gelber the Candidate, not Dan Gelber the Legislator. The latter is a towering figure in Florida politics, the former is pretty much to blame for the entire state of electoral affairs in the Sunshine State.

Dan Gelber the Legislator is the man who deserved a Profile in Courage award for, during the 2008 legislative session,  single-handedly standing up against the legislative arrogance of Marco Rubio and his Republican colleagues.

Dan Gelber the Legislator is the beloved party leader who, just in Tampa Bay alone, commands the respect of almost every Democratic elected official.  State Reps. Rick Kriseman, Janet Long and Keith Fitzgerald would pretty much run into a wall if it was for Gelber.

But that’s not the person Dave Aronberg is running against.  He’s running Dan Gelber the candidate, the guy who dropped out of the Democratic primary against Kendrick Meek – on the advice of his closest consultants.

Dan Gelber is the candidate who says he’s not a shareholder of Akerman, Senterfitt, although that’s exactly what’s listed on the Martindale-Hubbell website.

Dan Gelber is the candidate who will get pounded by the Republicans in the general election for said connections to the law firm representing BP.

Dan Gelber, unfortunately, is not the guy to go head-to-head with soon-to-be Ag. Commissioner Adam Putnam in eight years when either Alex Sink is done with her two terms.

It’s for these reasons that, if this election turns out to be choice between Dan Gelber the Candidate or Dave Aronberg, Dan Gelber the Legislator may be in trouble.

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Interesting read: Washington Monthly is on the trail with Kendrick Meek

An interesting read from the Washington Monthly:

On paper, Rep. Kendrick Meek (D), a leading U.S. Senate candidate in Florida, should be in reasonably good electoral shape. He’s a fairly popular congressman and law-enforcement officer who enjoys the backing of Democratic giants like former President Bill Clinton. What’s more, the Democratic candidate will be in a three-way contest in November, with Republican Marco Rubio and used-to-be-Republican Charlie Crist.

It’s fairly easy to imagine the winning scenario — Rubio and Crist split the GOP vote, and Meek, running in a state Barack Obama won by about three points in 2008, comes out on top with support from Florida Dems.

At least, that’s the scenario the Meek campaign and the DSCC are hoping for. Continue reading here, although here are a few interesting questions and answers:

On the importance of drilling in the campaign:

“[Offshore drilling] will be a major turning point in the campaign. I’m the only candidate in this race that has a 100% League of Conservation Voters record. I am the only candidate in this race that has been consistently against offshore oil drilling. I am the only candidate in this race who can speak with a straight face on this issue.”

On the state of the primary:

“I think things are going well…. The turnout will not be what we want it to be, but I can tell you for those who do turn out, we’ll be victorious. The Democratic primary will be about elevating a Democrat to the general election. Mr. Green does not have a Democratic record. I am the only candidate, of the four major candidates in this race for the United States Senate that has not run as a Republican in the past. I think that will be helpful in the primary.”

On his low name-recognition statewide:

“There’s so much attention on Rubio-Crist through quarters three and four of last year, and now quarter one and two of this year. Quarter three is going to introduce me through earned media to the state of Florida… People will hear from me and see the support that other groups bring to the table.”

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Jeff Greene outlines ‘Jobs for Florida’ plan

Today, Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene met with community leaders from the Liberty City District of Miami to tour the economically distressed area and outline “The Jobs for Florida Plan” that will revitalize Florida’s economy and create good paying jobs for residents of the Sunshine State.

“After touring the Liberty City neighborhood, it’s clear that career politicians Kendrick Meek, Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio have failed to create jobs,” said Jeff Greene. “Families are struggling, Florida unemployment rate hovers at approximately 11 percent and these career politicians have failed to get the job done. I am the only candidate running for Senate who has a record of creating jobs, won’t take a penny from special interests and will always put Florida first.”

During his visit, Greene toured the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center which is an educational, performance, and visual arts facility that provides quality training for children and teens in performing, visual and media arts; develops its own resident companies; and supports community-based arts organizations.

“I offer voters a different choice. I’m running for U.S. Senate because I’m fed up and frustrated with what’s going on in Washington. We must end corruption once and for all and put the people first. I will never take a penny from any special interest and I will always put the people of Florida first.”

He also visited the Helping Hands Youth Center where he heard first-hand the concerns of the community and discussed “The Jobs for Florida Plan” that would help residents of Liberty City get back on their feet.

Jeff Greene’s “Jobs for Florida Plan” plan includes:

*     Put construction workers who lost their jobs in the housing bust back to work insulating and weatherizing Florida’s homes

*     Create a National Infrastructure Bank that builds highways, high-speed rail, bridges and water projects across Florida

*     Increase Pell Grants to expand access to college or vocational training for all Florida students and build a well-trained workforce that attracts jobs

*     Expand lending through the Small Business Administration’s loan program to encourage more start-ups and enable small businesses to hire and train more workers

*     Extend the Small Business Innovation Research program

*     Declare a payroll tax holiday for new businesses and mom and pop outfits so they can invest in new jobs

*     Extend unemployment insurance benefits to help out-of-work families get by in the tough economy

*     Reduce health care costs and expand tax-exempt employee benefits for small businesses

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Jeff Greene outlines ‘Jobs for Florida’ plan

Today, Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene met with community leaders from the Liberty City District of Miami to tour the economically distressed area and outline “The Jobs for Florida Plan” that will revitalize Florida’s economy and create good paying jobs for residents of the Sunshine State.

“After touring the Liberty City neighborhood, it’s clear that career politicians Kendrick Meek, Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio have failed to create jobs,” said Jeff Greene. “Families are struggling, Florida unemployment rate hovers at approximately 11 percent and these career politicians have failed to get the job done. I am the only candidate running for Senate who has a record of creating jobs, won’t take a penny from special interests and will always put Florida first.”

During his visit, Greene toured the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center which is an educational, performance, and visual arts facility that provides quality training for children and teens in performing, visual and media arts; develops its own resident companies; and supports community-based arts organizations.

“I offer voters a different choice. I’m running for U.S. Senate because I’m fed up and frustrated with what’s going on in Washington. We must end corruption once and for all and put the people first. I will never take a penny from any special interest and I will always put the people of Florida first.”

He also visited the Helping Hands Youth Center where he heard first-hand the concerns of the community and discussed “The Jobs for Florida Plan” that would help residents of Liberty City get back on their feet.

Jeff Greene’s “Jobs for Florida Plan” plan includes:

*     Put construction workers who lost their jobs in the housing bust back to work insulating and weatherizing Florida’s homes

*     Create a National Infrastructure Bank that builds highways, high-speed rail, brides and water projects across Florida

*     Increase Pell Grants to expand access to college or vocational training for all Florida students and build a well-trained workforce that attracts jobs

*     Expand lending through the Small Business Administration’s loan program to encourage more start-ups and enable small businesses to hire and train more workers

*     Extend the Small Business Innovation Research program

*     Declare a payroll tax holiday for new businesses and mom and pop outfits so they can invest in new jobs

*     Extend unemployment insurance benefits to help out-of-work families get by in the tough economy

*     Reduce health care costs and expand tax-exempt employee benefits for small businesses

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Democrats quietly line up in Charlie Crist’s corner

You may never have heard of Peggy Land, unless you’re a Tampa Democratic political insider.

She’s a proverbial little old lady in tennis shoes, but along with her late husband John, she has also been a faithful Democratic political donor – some $20,000 to the party and its candidates over the last decade or so, plus more from fundraisers in their home, and none to Republicans.

So who is Land backing in the U.S. Senate race?

Gov. Charlie Crist, a former Republican running as a no-party candidate.

She has donated to Democrat Kendrick Meek but says the same thing some other Democrats statewide are starting to say: Crist looks increasingly like their best chance of defeating Republican Marco Rubio.

“I don’t think there’s really any other choice. I don’t think Kendrick is going to be able to do much better than he’s doing now,” Land said last week, while attending yet another Democratic fundraiser, for attorney general candidate Dan Gelber.

“All my friends are very much opposed to Marco Rubio and what he stands for,” she said. “Charlie has his heart in the right place.”

Land isn’t a big political name, but Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish is. Last week it created a shock wave when Parrish, godmother of Democratic politics in the state’s biggest Democratic county, hosted a fundraiser for Crist.

A dozen other prominent Broward Democrats co-hosted, including state Rep. Ari Porth of Coral Springs – the only Democratic legislator to break ranks and back Crist openly, except state Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg, a former Republican and longtime Crist ally. Continue reading here.

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Democrats quietly line up in Crist’s corner

You may never have heard of Peggy Land, unless you’re a Tampa Democratic political insider.

She’s a proverbial little old lady in tennis shoes, but along with her late husband John, she has also been a faithful Democratic political donor – some $20,000 to the party and its candidates over the last decade or so, plus more from fundraisers in their home, and none to Republicans.

So who is Land backing in the U.S. Senate race?

Gov. Charlie Crist, a former Republican running as a no-party candidate.

She has donated to Democrat Kendrick Meek but says the same thing some other Democrats statewide are starting to say: Crist looks increasingly like their best chance of defeating Republican Marco Rubio.

“I don’t think there’s really any other choice. I don’t think Kendrick is going to be able to do much better than he’s doing now,” Land said last week, while attending yet another Democratic fundraiser, for attorney general candidate Dan Gelber.

“All my friends are very much opposed to Marco Rubio and what he stands for,” she said. “Charlie has his heart in the right place.”

Land isn’t a big political name, but Broward County Property AppraiserLori Parrish is. Last week it created a shock wave when Parrish, godmother of Democratic politics in the state’s biggest Democratic county, hosted a fundraiser for Crist.

A dozen other prominent Broward Democrats co-hosted, including state Rep. Ari Porth of Coral Springs – the only Democratic legislator to break ranks and back Crist openly, except Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg, a former Republican and longtime Crist ally. Continue reading here.

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(Insert joke here) The pipe fitters union backs Charlie Crist over Kendrick Meek

From the Miami Herald: The Florida Pipe Trades typically leans Democratic in statewide races and heeds the endorsements of its umbrella organization, the AFL-CIO. Not this year. While the AFL-CIO is backing Democrat Kendrick Meek for the U.S. Senate, the 12,000 pipefitters, plumbers and welders are going with Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-independent candidate.

“This is a bit unusual,” said the union’s international representative, John Lindstrom. “We stepped out on this one because we thought it was that important…We have probably 30-35 percent unemployment in our ranks, and we think Gov. Crist has a better handle on it and can feel our pain more than anyone else.” Continue reading here.

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2010/06/union-snubs-meek-endorses-crist.html#ixzz0sMu9FnF1

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