Florida Democrat Meek Announces New Backers for Senate Bid

Posted June 15, 2009 at 10:33am
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Kendrick Meek

Florida Democratic Rep. Kendrick B. Meek ‘s 2010 Senate bid got a boost Monday as he announced endorsements from two of his homestate House colleagues: Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ron Klein .

The development marks the latest in Meek’s efforts to consolidate support and fend off a potential primary challenge from Rep. Corrine Brown .  

“He has been battle-tested time and time again and that’s the kind of leader we need” in the Senate, said Wasserman Schultz during a conference call with reporters Monday morning.  

Wasserman Schultz is the vice chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in charge of retaining the party’s incumbents in the 2010 elections, and Meek is one of the few House Democrats so far who is not running for re-election. That is not seen as a problem though, as he is virtually certain to be succeeded by a Democrat in the overwhelmingly Democratic, black-majority 17th District in the Miami area.