Bill Clinton almost succeeds in getting Kendrick Meek to drop out of FL Senate race (UPDATE: MEEK DENIES)

Posted by: ST on October 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm

An interesting development, considering President Obama was campaigning for Meek just a couple of weeks ago. Politico reports (via):

Bill Clinton sought to persuade Rep. Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race for Senate during a trip to Florida last week — and nearly succeeded.

Meek agreed — twice — to drop out and endorse Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid in a last-ditch effort to stop Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee who stands on the cusp of national stardom.

Meek, a staunch Clinton ally from Miami, has failed to broaden his appeal around the state and is mired in third place in most public polls, with a survey today showing him with just 15 percent of the vote. His withdrawal, polls suggest, would throw core Democratic voters to the moderate governor, rocking a complicated three-way contest and likely throwing the election to Crist.

The former president’s top aide, Doug Band, initially served as the intermediary between Meek and Crist, and Clinton became involved only when Meek signaled that he would seriously consider the option, Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna confirmed to POLITICO.

“The argument was: ‘You can be a hero here. You can stop him, you can change this race in one swoop,’” said another Democrat familiar with the conversations, who said Clinton had bluntly told Meek that he couldn’t win the race.

Clinton did not dangle a job in front of Meek, who gave up a safe House seat to run for the Senate, but instead made the case that the move would advance the congressman’s future prospects, said a third Democrat familiar with the conversations.

Uh huh. :-?

Now, just imagine for five seconds that this was a Republican trying to get a black candidate to drop out of a House or Senate race.

Anyway, not exactly a shocker here that the Bubster would try and throw a wrench into the Florida Senate race, considering some Senate races previously considered as “safe” for Dems (like the Nevada Senate race, for example, and the Senate race in West Virginia) no longer are. How much more of a hero to his beloved party would Clinton be if he managed to get Meek to drop out of the race and the Many-Faces-of-Charlie-Crist managed to win next week, stealing from Rubio what could be a sweet victory for him in what some would view as a stepping stone to a possible presidential run somewhere down the line?

Crist, the consumate panderering political snake that he is, announced at the final FLSen debate this week that – in the event he won – that who he would caucus with “depends on who wins” – that is a direct quote. Of course, he knows that the Senate likely won’t change hands even with the handful of Republican Senate wins that are expected, so he would caucus with the Democrats in spite of his laughable, desperate attempts at painting himself as an “independent.”

Will be interesting to see how this race pans out next week — and what effect the reports of Clinton’s attempts at getting Meek to drop out will have on the race.

As they say, stay tuned …

Update – 10:52 PM: Meek is denying the story.

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7 Responses to “Bill Clinton almost succeeds in getting Kendrick Meek to drop out of FL Senate race (UPDATE: MEEK DENIES)”


  1. jc says:

    thanks, bill, for reminding us that this is what you and your wife do for a living. your timing is perfect as many in your party were starting to think hillary 2012. it’s worth remembering that while barack is incompetant and immature you all are amoral and absolutely shameless.

  2. daveinboca says:

    If anyone thinks that Meek withdrawing from the campaign during the last week of the election will “throw” it to Crist, he has a head full of marbles. And Billy Jeff expects black voters to turn on a dime and vote for a sleazy Greek slimeball who should be running a restaurant or some sort of honest job…! I for one can’t believe Clinton is that stupid, sleazy and contemptible and a total BS artist, yes, but not THAT stupid. Rubio has almost 50% already, and if Meek had any ideas about doing this, he should have done it a month or two ago.

    If there were any doubt left about Crist, this dancing around trying to make it look as though Obama & Clinton both want him rather than Meek to stop Rubio, a sure-fire Veep candidate in 2012, then we all in Florida know that he’s a good-time Charlie and an absolute liar. My next-door neighbor in Boca was a four-time Republican State Rep and thinks Crist is a sperm-burper both metaphorically and in reality.

  3. Carlos says:

    Billy Bub was a political and male whore in Arkansas, was a political and male whore in the WH, and is still at least a political whore. Games like this should be played in March, not October.

    And lefties wonder why we get so disgusted with their heroes!

    And I really hope this damages any thought or attempt by Hillarious to run in 2012.

  4. Great White Rat says:

    Crist confirmed tonight that he’d talked to people in the White House about the possibility of Meek dropping out, and that they’d also talked to Meek.

    Maybe they offered Meek the bribe administration job that Joe Sestak turned down when the WH tried to get him to abandon his campaign against Arlen Specter. Maybe that price wasn’t high enough for Meek either.

  5. Annette says:

    If Kendrick Meeks really wanted to ‘stand up’, he’d have sat down!

    Splitting the vote as he has, without a snowball’s chance in hell of winning, is akin to giftwrapping the seat and handing it over to Rubio.

    Kendrick, you can’t win this one and if you plan a life in politics, you’ll have to declare yourself an Independent next time because you’ve done the Democrats great harm.

  6. Carlos says:

    What you’re saying in effect, Annette, is that the jackasses would rather have a “moderate” Republican who acts just like a Democrap than a “real” Democrap because they can count on his vote when the chips are down.

    Which is what we conservatives have been saying about RINOs all along.

    Which is also why there is the TEA party movement now. We had to do something to get the attention of the Republican nationals, and even now most of them still don’t get it.

  7. Carlos says:

    One more thing, Annette: Unless I’m mistaken, it wasn’t Kendrick who split the vote, but Crist by deciding to run as an independent. Seems to me you’ve either got funny glasses on or you’re smoking some wicked botanical stuff.