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Democrats quietly line up in Crist’s corner

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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…

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

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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.…

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Prominent elected Broward Democrats helping Charlie Crist raise money

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Two elected Broward Democrats – Property Appraiser Lori Parrish and state Rep. Ari Porth – are the main hosts of a fundraiser next week for Republican-turned-no party Senate candidate Charlie Crist. By helping the governor raise money, they’re spurning their own party’s leading candidates, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami and Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene. Both Democrats praised the governor Friday, and said their fundraising help comes with endorsements of Crist, who will face the winner of the Aug.…

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WSJ: The struggles of an Obama loyalist, Kendrick Meek, in the Florida Senate race.

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From the Wall Street Journal: Until now the best roles in Florida’s Senate election drama were taken by Republicans. The tea party upstart, Marco Rubio, forced Gov. Charlie Crist to drop his lagging primary bid and take his chances as an independent. But now the Democratic script turns out to be as unpredictably wacky. Enter Kendrick Meek, stage left. A young and popular African-American congressman from Miami, the former state trooper got into this campaign before anyone else and expected…

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Hell must have frozen over: Charlie Crist misses his own fundraiser

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The Fort Myers News-Press is reporting that hell has frozen over.  It must have because Charlie Crist actually missed his own fundraiser and we know something like that is not going to happen unless the apocalypse is upon us. Still in Pensacola focusing on the oil washing up on the shores of Florida’s Panhandle, Charlie Crist wasn’t able to make it to his own fundraiser in south Fort Myers on Sunday night. Instead, he phoned in and spoke to about 40 supporters…

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The latest twisted logic for Florida Democrats: Vote for Kendrick Meek, so Jeff Greene doesn’t win, so Charlie Crist can beat Marco Rubio

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At some point, I am going to get really confused. Having spoke with several prominent activists, fundraisers and elected officials (including one major statewide candidate who predicts Jeff Greene will beat Kendrick Meek), a circular logic is developing among the Democratic establishment. It’s all based on the recent polling data showing a) Charlie Crist leading Marco Rubio by eleven points; b) Jeff Greene and Kendrick Meek being in a statistical dead-head for the Democratic nomination; and c) Charlie Crist leading…

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The latest twisted logic for Florida Democrats: Vote for Kendrick Meek, so Jeff Greene doesn’t win, so Crist can beat Marco Rubio

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At some point, I am going to get really confused. Having spoken with several prominent activists, fundraisers and elected officials (including one major statewide candidate who predicts Jeff Greene will beat Kendrick Meek), a circular logic is developing among the Democratic establishment. It’s all based on the recent polling data showing a) Charlie Crist leading Marco Rubio by 11 points; b) Jeff Greene and Kendrick Meek being in a statistical dead-heat for the Democratic nomination; and c) Charlie Crist leading both…

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