There’s a new controversy brewing for the Democrats down in Florida — and it may involve racism.
According to Hotair.com, Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek, who is black, was given a talking to by former president Bill Clinton about dropping out of the Senate race so his friend, independent Governor Charlie Crist, could win.
Clinton himself confirmed that he spoke with Meek about dropping out of the race — twice.
“He was trying to determine what was the best thing for him to do,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s Susan Candiotti Thursday. “I knew it was being discussed, people had discussed it on and off… it was no secret.”
Clinton allegedly told Meek to do “what he thought was right” because he thought Meek didn’t have a chance of winning.
Meek supposedly agreed on three occasions to drop out of the race, but he changed his mind after his wife convinced him that he could win.
So why is Meek now saying Clinton never asked him to quit? “[Clinton] didn’t ask me to drop out of the race,” Meek told Fox & Friends. “Kendrick Meek was never dropping out of this race, is never dropping out of this race, and will never drop out of this race.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has already raised the issue of race in the matter. Mr. Steele, who is African-American, said the effort to persuade Mr. Meek, who is African-American, to quit sends a “chilling signal to all voters, but especially African Americans.” [link]
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Yesterday, Meek accompanied Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade to cast his early vote in Miami. We assume Wade voted for Meek, who is beating Charlie Crist in the polls 28% to 24%. As of today, 1.7 million Floridians have already voted.