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NYTimes on Kendrick Meek: Democrat seeks part of spotlight in Florida Senate race

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Representative Kendrick B. Meek, the leading Democratic candidate for Florida’s open Senate seat, listened quietly last week to tales of woe: a college student who nearly ended up homeless because her mother had lost her job; a laid-off mother who paid for health care with credit cards; an electrician struggling to get unemployment benefits.

Ignoring the attention being paid to the Republican race, Mr. Meek has been methodically campaigning across the state.

Kendrick B. Meek stopped in Orlando, where he met Stephanie Jones and other University of Central Florida students.

“Somehow in this campaign, I need to give you all some voice,” Mr. Meek said.

He leaned forward at a cafe here, a 6-foot-4 hulk of a man with a boyish smile, and added that his Republican competitors — Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio, the former speaker of the Florida House — were too concerned with ideology, not action. And though he has served as a congressman from South Florida since 2002, Mr. Meek promised to help reform Washington, where now, he said, “politics trumps public policy.”

This is the core argument of a campaign that most Floridians have yet to see or hear. Mr. Meek, 43, has been a long-shot candidate from the start, but lately he has struggled to gain traction because of all the action on the Republican side. To read the rest of this article click 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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