Meek calls Sachs defection to Crist ‘strange’by Dara Kam | August 30th, 2010
Just two weeks after publicly pumping up U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary race against Jeff Greene, state senator-to-be Maria Sachs yesterday pulled a switch and endorsed Meek’s general election rival Gov. Charlie Crist.
Meek said Sachs, a Delray Beach lawyer, signed an endorsement pledge for him in December and called the switcheroo “strange” especially because Palm Beach County Democrats virtually anointed her to fill U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch’s seat when he left the state senate to go to Washington.
“She spoke very passionately two weeks ago of her support of my candidacy, felt that I should be the next U.S. Senator of Florida,” Meek said at a roundtable with reporters this morning.
On Sunday, Sachs pointed to Crist as a leader who has stood up for women, teachers and the environment – even when his decisions haven’t sat well with conservative Republicans.
“I stand up for Charlie Crist,” Sachs told the crowd.
Meek won 64 percent of the Palm Beach County Democratic vote in Tuesday’s primary election, topping his opponent in Greene’s home county by 36 points.
“I don’t know what transpired between overwhelming victory in her own county and the fact that Democrats locally cleared the field literally for her pathway to the Senate to then turn around and endorse the governor and say that he’s good on women’s issues when I can’t get any higher as it relates to my voting issues,” Meek said.
“Strange things happen out there. I consider that a strange endorsement,” he said.