By Carole on Oct 28, 2010
The rumors have been swirling for months and have been denied multiple times but now it has been confirmed there was a plan by Democrats to persuade US Representative Kendrick Meek (D-Florida) to drop out of his Senate race and throw his support behind former Republican Charlie Crist. In the center of this desperate attempt to stave off the election of Republican Marco Rubio is former President Bill Clinton, the same bagman who offered an Obama administration job to Representative Joe Sestak (D-Pennsylvania) if he would drop out of his primary race against Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania).
Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna has confirmed that Doug Band, the former president's top aide, was the initial intermediary between Mr. Meek and Governor Crist and that once Mr. Meek agreed to consider dropping out, Mr. Clinton himself became involved. According to another Democrat familiar with the conversations, Mr. Clinton made the case that the move would advance the congressman's future prospects. (source)
The deal was so close to being finalized that October 26 had been set as the date for an endorsement rally but Mr. Meek changed his mind just days before.
A senior Democratic official has said the White House was aware of the negotiations and that as part of the deal Mr. Crist would agree to caucus with Senate Democrats. (source)
Both President Barack Obama and former President Clinton have travelled to Florida and campaigned for Mr. Meek earlier this month. Mr. Obama even recorded a radio ad calling the Democrat a "powerful voice for Floridians." (source)
Evidently Obama & Company were plotting to silence that voice at the same time.
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