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Kendrick Meek urges Charlie Crist to be more ‘Independent’ on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

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Charlie Crist “hasn’t yet acted like an Independent,” according to Nathan Click, a spokesperson for the Kendrick Meek campaign. The campaign points out that Rubio and Crist are identical on gay-rights issues – both squarely against.

Adam Sharon, the communications director for the Meek campaign, asks rhetorically, “Do the governor and Speaker Rubio still stand with the far-right instead of our men and women in uniform?” Continue reading here.

Press release from Meek’s campaign:

On Monday, the White House announced it would back a vote to repeal the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which has prevented gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military for nearly two decades. In the past, both Governor Crist and Speaker Rubio have stood with the far right and opposed the repeal of this discriminatory policy that dishonors our men and women in uniform.

“Floridians deserve to know – Would Governor Crist and Speaker Rubio vote against the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” pending in Congress right now? Since 1994, over 13,000 service members have been discharged under this law.  For years, Kendrick has stood with our brave service members and fought to repeal this discriminatory policy. Now, Kendrick is the lone progressive running against two conservatives. Do the governor and Speaker Rubio still stand with the far right instead of our men and women in uniform?” asked Adam Sharon, Kendrick Meek For Florida communications director.

A Gallup poll released earlier this month found that 70 percent of Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

On Monday, Governor Crist told reporters, “I think the current policy has worked pretty well for America. I don’t know why there is any need for change at this time.” Does that mean he would vote against this repeal in the Senate?

Kendrick Meek is the only major candidate in this race who has sought to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He has been a longstanding cosponsor of legislation to repeal this discriminatory policy. Yesterday, Kendrick posted a petition on his website that calls on Congress to take immediate action to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” You can sign the petition here.

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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