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Orlando Sentinel column: Why would Kendrick Meek oppose savings for Medicare

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Today, the Orlando Sentinel published “a column about waste, fraud, abuse and self-destruction by U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek.” The column outlines a bill to reduce costs to Medicare recipients and Rep. Kendrick Meek’s opposition to the bill. The column questions Meek’s opposition to the bill while he received tens of thousands of dollars from Medicare suppliers.

“There is a clear pattern of Congressman Meek putting special interests ahead of the people’s interests: Meek has received money from big oil including BP and voted for off-shore oil drilling – while claiming he hasn’t; he sought millions of dollars in federal earmarks for indicted developer Dennis Stackhouse while his mom was paid consulting fees and given an Escalade and his chief of staff received a loan; Meek took money from Wall Street and lenders while hosting subprime housing fairs which caused the housing crisis; and now we are learning that Rep. Meek attempted to block reduction in Medicare costs while receiving tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from Medicare suppliers. Floridians should be outraged. Meek’s efforts to put special interests over seniors is exactly more of the same corruption and bribery that is typical of career Washington politicians. It must end. I will never take one penny of special interest money and will always put Florida’s seniors and middle class first,” said Jeff Greene.

Today’s Orlando Sentinel column comes on the heels of a Miami Herald article that reports Meek’s legislation to block Medicare reductions is backed by the medical supply industry and opposed by AARP: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/07/10/1723976/meek-greene-spar-over-medicare.html

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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