Florida Dems Debate; Party Heavyweights Raise Money for Crist
As Florida Democratic Senate candidates Rep. Kendrick Meek and billionaire businessman Jeff Greene slugged it out in their only statewide televised debate last night, key Democrats prepared for a fundraiser tonight in Washington that will benefit former Florida Republican governor, now independent senatorial candidate, Charlie Crist.
The debate, keeping in the spirit of the primary battle as a whole, was brutal:
“I was brought up as a kid that if you have nothing good to say you say nothing at all,” billionaire Palm Beach real estate mogul Greene said, wasting no time in calling Meek a failed, career politician and part of the “culture of corruption.”
Rep. Meek in turn called Greene “a bad man,” who mistreats employees, has little track record as a Democrat or Floridian and plenty of shady business dealings: “I have more integrity in my pinky than you have in your whole body.”
The fundraiser, meanwhile, is being hosted by Democratic pollster and former Hillary Clinton senior adviser Mark Penn — and it’s just the latest sign that many Washington Democrats are abandoning both Democratic candidates in favor of Crist. It’s also another slap in the face to Meek:
Ironic that Kendrick Meek worked his tail off for John Kerry — whose media consultant Tad Devine is now helping Jeff Greene — and Clinton, whose top consultant is helping Crist.