For U.S. Senate aspirant Kendrick Meek, 2010 has gotten a lot more complicated as the year goes on. First the four-term Congressman from Miami had the Democratic field to himself and figured to face Gov. Charlie Crist or former House Speaker Marco Rubio in the general election. Now he faces a tough challenge from billionaire Jeff Greene in the primary, and, if he wins, gets to face both Republican Rubio and independent Crist in November. Meek isn’t complaining about these bad breaks, however, forging ahead with a campaign claiming he is a champion of the middle class and has the Washington experience to look out for Florida’s best interests. Plus he could become the first elected African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction. Meek’s early career in the Florida House included a sit-in in Gov. Jeb Bush’s office over college admissions policies and successful advocacy of the class-size amendment (still a lively issue eight years later). In the U.S. House, Meek has been a favorite of leadership, landing a seat on the Ways and Means Committee. Inquiring Tigers will want to know both why Meek thinks he is best-qualified for the office and his game-plan for beating three well-funded, high-profile opponents.
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.