A must-read from Beth Reinhard on how Kendrick Meek’s shoe-leather campaign that collected 125,000 voter signatures hasn’t taken Meek farther than a distant third place in the polls, behind Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio, and with Jeff Greene closing in. An excerpt:
So five weeks before the primary, the Miami congressman finds himself shoring up support in his own back yard. His seven stops on Sunday included a gospel music-infused church in Lauderdale Lakes, a Miami union hall, and heavily Democratic condominiums in Aventura, Sunrise and Deerfield Beach.
“All of a sudden, Kendrick had to pivot and ask for the support of people he thought he could have counted on,” said Democratic fundraiser and developer Stephen Bittel, who came to Meek’s appearance in Aventura to show his support.