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St. Petersburg Times editorial: Jeff Greene and Kendrick Meek are ‘two seriously flawed candidates’

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If there is any doubt that the St. Petersburg Times intends to lend its considerable weight to Charlie Crist’s campaign, then just read today’s editorial in which the editorial board writes, “Jeff Greene and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami was entertaining, enlightening — and entirely disappointing all at the same time. These are two seriously flawed candidates, and Democrats have a difficult choice to make just two months from today.”

The lowlights of the editorial:

“The decision comes down to how much weight should be given to the considerable baggage each candidate carries.”

“Meek asks voters to make an extraordinary leap of faith.”

“The issue is Meek’s credibility, and further investigation is warranted.”

“A year ago, Meek expected to glide to the Democratic nomination for Senate. Greene has made it a race by spending $4 million on television ads, and he is a viable alternative in a year when voters are fed up with incumbents and conventional politics. In such an atmosphere, Meek’s emphasis of his Democratic roots and his criticism of Greene as a former Republican are oddly out of touch. The reality is that outside South Florida, neither candidate is a familiar name as they court a disenchanted electorate. Democrats ultimately will have to decide between a candidate whose blemishes are clear and one whose warts may not all be evident by Election Day.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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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