@KendrickMeek welcomes White House help

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Kendrick Meek said some help from the White House would show Florida voters he’s the “real Democrat” in the Senate primary race.

“I believe that Democrats in Florida want some direction,” Meek said in a Wednesday interview with The Hill. “The help from the White House is very important, not only to my campaign, but to show primary voters that I’m the real Democrat in the race.”

Meek, who’s locked in a tight Senate primary with self-funding billionaire Jeff Greene, said he anticipates Monday’s fundraiser with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to be “just the beginning of what the White House will do in the coming weeks.”

President Obama endorsed Meek earlier in the year, before Greene decided to enter the race. But the president has not held a fundraiser or campaign rally for the Florida Democrat, and the White House’s level of involvement has rankled some members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

The White House has committed to sending Vice President Joe Biden to campaign for Meek, but that hasn’t been scheduled. Continue reading here.

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