Kendrick Meek Statement on Politico Article

2010 October 28
by bc3b

Miami Gardens, FL — Kendrick Meek campaign manager Abe Dyk released the following statement regarding the Politico article.

“The article is not true. Kendrick Meek was never dropping out of this race, is never dropping out of this race, and will never drop out of this race. Kendrick Meek will always stand up for the middle class and will not leave Floridians a choice between two lifelong conservative Republicans who only stand with the special interests. Kendrick is the Democratic nominee so if anyone should drop out, it’s Charlie Crist.” 

Here’s the Politico Article:

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.

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Hat tip: Kendrick Meek and Politico

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  1. 2010 October 28 5:56 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Whom should I trust: Charlie Crist, Bill Clinton or Kendrick Meek?

    Well, I know Crist and Clinton are liars so I think I will go with Meek.

  2. 2010 October 28 6:01 pm

    “Kendrick is the Democratic nominee so if anyone should drop out, it’s Charlie Crist.”


  3. 2010 October 28 6:01 pm

    Breaking news!

    Oh forget it, not funny anymore

  4. 2010 October 28 6:01 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    Meek didn’t fall for Clinton, even with a cigar.

  5. 2010 October 28 6:04 pm
    justrand permalink

    If Meek winds up with a stained blue dress I’m moving to Finland!

  6. 2010 October 28 6:05 pm

    4. Did the cigar smell like pan seared fish ????

  7. 2010 October 28 6:17 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Meek has scheduled a press conference for 9:30 (15 minutes from now).

  8. 2010 October 28 6:32 pm
    beej permalink

    ok I’m so sorry about this off topic and probably old news but did anyone here know about Sarah and a reality type tv show coming in November? Called Sarah Palin’s Alaska? Is this for real? I am in the middle of an argument with my daughter and son-in-law because I’m saying this can’t be true….tell me it ain’t so….

  9. 2010 October 28 6:34 pm


    It’s for real

  10. 2010 October 28 6:34 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #8 I saw something about it too. Can’t remember when it is coming out though.

  11. 2010 October 28 6:41 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Yes “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” will be on the Learning Channel. There are either 7 or 8 episodes. It premiers November 14.

  12. 2010 October 28 6:45 pm
    justrand permalink

    Nancy Pelosi is doing one called: “Nancy’s World”…it’ll air on the SciFi channel

  13. 2010 October 28 6:48 pm

    Bob Woodward saying that Meeks will drop out on Sunday

  14. 2010 October 28 6:53 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #12 lol

  15. 2010 October 28 6:54 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Next time on the Discovery Channel- when plastic surgery goes wrong- very very wrong. Hosted by Tara Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

  16. 2010 October 28 6:56 pm


    Please respond to pst 13. Thoughts???

  17. 2010 October 28 6:59 pm
    justrand permalink

    Eph…if Meek drops out I think the Black vote in Florida goes away…damn near completely.

    AND I think Clinton’s “stock” in the Black community goes down…as does the Dem “stock” in that same community accross America.

    Of course, the LSM will donwplay or ignore the fact that a WHITE ex-Prez leaned on a BLACK candidate to drop out for a WHITE (ok, orange) candidate.

  18. 2010 October 28 7:02 pm


    Well said, but meeks aint dropping out.

    I just want to see if BC puts any weight into a bogus Bob Woodward quote.

    Sort of like the “Hillary for veep” thread

  19. 2010 October 28 7:07 pm
    justrand permalink

    Eph, you know how the Dems love nuance…right?

    Here’s Meek’s statement:

    “President Clinton and I are good friends. He’s continuing to be a supporter of this campaign. Any rumor or any statement by anyone that says that I made a decision to get out of the race is inaccurate.”

    I could drive a TRAIN through that nuance!

    Meek goes out of his way to clear Billy Bob of blame…and doesn’t say “I’M NOT DROPPING OUT”, but rather “anyone that says that I made a decision to get out of the race is inaccurate.”

    nuance for days…he’ll drop if he gets enough of an incentive…but it will do NO good!

  20. 2010 October 28 7:12 pm


    Let me clarify my statement…

    Meeks will drop out Tuesday night instead of Wednesday morning.

  21. 2010 October 28 7:12 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Supposedly Meek held a press conference that started at 9:30 but I have not been able to learn anything about it.

  22. 2010 October 28 7:13 pm

    21. Bob Woodward is live streaming the press conference

  23. 2010 October 28 7:18 pm
    Deckard permalink

    Just watched on Greta – she informed Crist about the whole Meek situation. He (of course) knew about it – and was hoping Meek would back out so that a “far-right wing” candidate wouldn’t win.

    Awwwwwww . . . . . (false sympathy)

    *rubs index and thumb fingers together* – this is the world’s smallest violin playing “My heart bleeds peanut butter . . . . “

  24. 2010 October 28 7:39 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “But, of course, I am sure none of this would matter to those who were the intended audience of that advertisement. As with most such ads, it was an emotional appeal, having little to do with reason. And, sadly, such appeals often win. We have come to be so driven by appearances, by “compassion”, by our feelings, that we have forgotten that they are an imperfect guide, and that “compassion” often produces worse results than hard headed thinking. Just because our intentions are good,t eh result are not guaranteed to be. Often it is better to be heartless and cold in pursuing compassionate goals, rather than compassionately throwing out random solutions which ‘feel good” and wishing our good intentions will produce good results.

    But I worry our age is not ready for such thoughts. Though they would have been seen as common sense half a century ago, today they are seen as horribly out dated and lacking in “humanity”. Today our intentions matter more than our results. You can kill off half the world, so long as you mean well, and, conversely, you can be punished for bad thoughts, even if the results of your actions are more beneficial than a million good intentions.”Hate crimes” and “social promotion” are two phrases which describe our age. We would rather reward and punish for your thoughts than your achievements.”

  25. 2010 October 28 7:43 pm
    bc3b permalink

    At tonight’s press conference, Meek says he is staying in the race:

  26. 2010 October 28 8:01 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    arrrrrrrr box

  27. 2010 October 28 8:10 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “What the president and those who share his politics believe in is the coercive welfare state, not in charity or generosity. For both of these are strictly voluntary – one cannot be charitable or generous by putting a gun to the heads of other people and ordering them to part with their resources for the purpose of supporting various endeavors that these other people haven’t chosen to support. Neither the enforcers nor the victims can claim to be charitable or generous, not by a long shot.

    Why, then, does a perfectly well educated man like President Obama, who clearly must know better, insist on characterizing what he favors as charity and generosity? It is very likely a ruse, a way to disguise the real truth which is that he and his cohorts aren’t in favor of charity and generosity at all but in favor of coercing other people to part with their resources to support programs they have not chosen to promote.”

  28. 2010 October 28 8:18 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Take Obamacare, as an example, which by all accounts isn’t favored by most Americans. Even if it were clearly morally commendable to give health care and health insurance to people who aren’t able to afford it, there is nothing morally praiseworthy in making such “giving” a matter of law and public policy that one isn’t permitted by the government to withdraw from or reject.

    The hallmark of morality is to do the right thing of one’s own free will. It isn’t morality when one is regimented to do what is right, it is tyranny! Such regimentation deprives the deed of its moral significance – at most it becomes desirable behavior, at worst involuntary servitude.”

  29. 2010 October 28 8:25 pm

    Charlie ends up looking like an ass… yet again.

  30. 2010 October 28 8:32 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Add three things together. A) Florida is a State of Blue Hairs. B) Even if Meeks drops out his name is still on the ballot. Won’t be removed at this late date. C) Chad Ballot, remember him? The nuanced intent of the voter romeo.

    So 20% are (That’s the Blue Hairs) going to vote for the Dim as they have always voted for the Dim, even if he’s no longer in the race. The 80% would not have voted for Meeks anyway because of ObammyCare. So most likely Crist just remains picking up a turd from the ‘good end’ as far as additional votes go.

  31. 2010 October 28 8:35 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “For the Obamatrons, government is what comes next. Government jobs, government “light rail” projects, government “green jobs” pork projects, government “WiFi-in-every-two-day-a-week-rural-library” makework schemes. Non-jobs for a Potemkin Main Street. The White House website is a positive cornucopia of fantasy employment, in which, day in, day out, President Obama and his sidekicks hymn the delights of such transformative innovations as “solar energy”. Does even the Obama cabinet seriously believe solar energy will create hundreds of thousands of real (ie, non-subsidized boondoggled) jobs? This is the official narrative of the Obama era, and there is nothing in it anywhere even to hint at the possibility of a growing economy holding its own against China, India and other rivals.

    An America comprised of therapeutic statists, regulatory enforcers, multigenerational dependents, identity-group rent-seekers, undocumented laborers, stimulus grantwriting liaison coordinators, six-figure community organizers, millionaire diversity-outreach consultants, billionaire carbon-offset traders, a diversionary-leisure “knowledge sector”, John Edwards’ anti-poverty consultancy, John Kerry’s vintner, and Al Gore’s holistic masseuse will still offer many opportunities, but not for that outmoded American archetype, the self-reliant citizen seeking to nourish his family through the fruits of his labor. And nor for millions of others just struggling to stay afloat. A statist America won’t be a large Sweden – unimportant but prosperous – but something closer to the Third World, corrupt and chaotic, broke and brutish – for all but a privileged few.

    The new class war in the western world is between “public servants” and the rest of us. In Washington, the marching bureaucrats are telling us government doesn’t suck. But in Greece, the bloated public service has sucked so much out of the economy there’s nothing left.”

  32. 2010 October 28 9:13 pm
    justrand permalink

    hattip RedState:

    Spread this around…since we know the LSM will ignore it

  33. 2010 October 28 9:15 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    JR – you bet buddy!

    Those elitest crooks will stoop to anything to preserve their Statist power…..

    The rule of law MUST be reinstated!!!!

  34. 2010 October 28 9:17 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Charles Krauthammer: “There is a convention that all things partisan or ideological are to be frowned upon as “divisive.” This is a piety that deserves to have a stake driven through its heart. What’s the point of a two-party democracy if not to present clear, alternative views of society, the role of government, and ultimately, the balance between liberty and equality — the central issue for any democracy?”

  35. 2010 October 29 12:24 am

    30 Not to mention 1/2 of FL has already voted.

  36. 2010 October 29 5:32 am
    JBoz permalink

    For Clinton to expend major political capital like this tells me that this is NOT about keeping a conservative out of the Senate. If the Dems maintain control, then any R would be marginalized. To me, this is a clear indication that they know they are going to lose the Senate, and this is one card they will try to play. They have plan B, C, and D in the wings too.

  37. 2010 October 29 6:26 am
    TLS permalink

    Excellent point Jboz. Of course it also tells me that the Dem even suck at what they do best, which is lie, cheat and steal.

    They can’t seem to get it together and all tell the same lie,
    the Dem establishment hasn’t been able to accomplish any advantages by cheating and offering their players stuff to quit (Sestak, Meek, etc)
    and the fact that Clinton even made the offer means they know they are too far behind to steal this seat with voter fraud.

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