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

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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.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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