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Aaronson backs Crist; Vana says Meek should get out

by Jane Musgrave | October 14th, 2010

After weeks of playing it coy, Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson today officially announced he would endorse independent candidate Charlie Crist in the U.S. Senate race.

While the announcement was expected, Aaronson’s Democratic counterpart on the commission, former State Rep. Shelley Vana, took it a step further. Not only did she endorse Crist, she urged Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek to get out of the race.

“I respectfully ask Congressman Meek — whom I love — to take one for the team,” she said. “While we love Kendrick at some point Kendrick has to know there’s a greater good here.”

The greater good, both commissioners said, was keeping GOP candidate Marco Rubio from becoming the state’s next U.S. senator.

“If Marco Rubio becomes the 51st or 50th representative in the U.S. Senate all the dreams Democrats have had will go for naught,” Aaronson said. After looking at poll numbers, which as recently as yesterday put Meek in third place, Aaronson said he’s convinced there’s no way the Miami congressman can win.

“Sometimes you do things for the betterment of the country as opposed to the heartfelt warmth you have for the party,” Aaronson said.

However, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, said such defections will come back to haunt the Democratic Party.

“They are sowing the seeds of destruction for the Democratic Party in Palm Beach County, Broward County and in this state,” he said. “If they continue on the path they are on and cause Marco Rubio to be the next U.S. senator then there will be hell to pay for the Democratic Party and Alcee Hastings will be part of that hell.”

The endorsements came a day after Crist picked up the backing of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The environmental lawyer said he, too, was convinced Meek can’t beat Rubio, whom he described as a radical member of the “crackpot” tea party movement.

Meek’s camp said the Democrat has no intention of getting out of the race. They blame Crist for planting the seeds of discontent and spreading vicious rumors.

Hastings agreed. To Crist, he said: “Get out of my party and get out of Kendrick’s way.”

37 Responses to “Aaronson backs Crist; Vana says Meek should get out”

  1. Riviera Beach Says:

    Amen Alcee! Kiss the Democratic party in Palm Beach County good bye. Vana Aaronson Sachs and the rest of the frauds made it too obvious that they will not back a black man. Even Sean Mitchell from the AFLCIO backed Crist!!!HOW SAD!! I shall never vote for Crist. Should Meek get out of the race, I shall vote for Rubio. Crist is a fraud and Aaronson should have asked HIM to get out of the race! Vana is and always will be an idiot.

  2. RJN4181775volunteer Says:

    Sink just lost, thanks everybody.

  3. NoParty Says:

    It shouldn’t be about party. It should be what is best for the country.

    Do the math folks: MEEK CANNOT WIN!

    As a lifelong democrat, I have to do what I think is best for me and my family. I’m getting behind Crist. At least he has a shot at winning.

  4. tim Says:

    my thoughts exactly. Kendrick not only ruined his own campaign after 18 month of not breaking 3rd place, he just ruined it for Alex as well.

  5. Heidi Says:

    Vana take one for the team and get the hell out of the county.

    Take the scum with you..

    GET OUT OF THE VOTERS WAY

  6. LaQuishaNiqua Says:

    The followers of Husseins failed policies just dont get it…we are sick and tired of the hope and change bullhockey. Meeks mom is all he has going for him and Crist is and has been useless as lactating organs on a nun.

    Ill be voting for Rubio…hes already got his bags packed. heres hoping hes the one that puts the conservatives over the top in the senate.

  7. Howard Says:

    I love Hastings!!!!!!

  8. CRIST SHOULD GET OUT OF THE RACE Says:

    Look, if Crist wasn’t such a panderer and liar, maybe that would make sense. But to throw Meek under the bus in favor of Crist??? NO WAY!

    Crist is a two-faced, double-talking low life. I would much rather vote for Kendrick, even if Vana White thinks he can’t win. no one cares what she thinks.

  9. DEMOCRATIC ELITE ARE RACIST Says:

    Kendrick is the Democratic nominee. He beat Jeff Greene and he would have beat Crist, if he turned Democrat. Democrats have done an injustice to Kendrick Meek by not fully supporting him from the start. This is an absolute shame for the Democratic party.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if all the rumors about Meek dropping out weren’t created by the desperation Charlie Crist campaign. Dear Lord, Charlie. You’re going to lose. Get used to it.

    Crist needs to drop out. Vote Kendrick Meek, not Charlie Crist.

  10. LO Says:

    Another good reason NOT to vote for Crist. Not nominated by party – just signed up because he didn’t beat Rubio. Two faced Crist!

  11. Crist's New Endorsements Says:

    Wow, Charlie is really racking up those important endorsments.

    I hear Captain Lou Albano and Andre the Giant are going to endorse him along with Cindy Lauper and Sean Penn. He’s also pretty close to locking in a endorsement from the Taco Bell Chihuahua, Captain Kangaroo, and Boy George.

    How can Charlie lose now???

  12. RJN4181775volunteer Says:

    The Math:
    Registration thru August 2010

    Rep: 4,021,420
    Dem: 4,621,557
    Other: 2,528,244
    Total: 11,171,221

    If Dem leaders had backbones, and Dems voted, statewide there are 600,000 more Dems, thus Meek wins. That’s the math, not polls…shame on you who chose to support Crist. You can also take credit for Governor Scott.

  13. stuntmanmike Says:

    Here are the facts;

    According to Nate Silver’s 538 blog Meek has only a 0.7 chance of winning. That’s right less then 1.0%.

    No party hack is going to tell me how I should vote. I am not going to waste my vote to please the Party bosses. It is time to unite behind Governor Crist to stop potentially future President Rubio if he is not stopped now.

  14. rjr Says:

    Riviera Beach grow up stop promoting racism. It’s people like you that keep the R Card going, just vote and shut your mouth let the people speak without having to deal with your nonsense.

  15. Julie in Lantana Says:

    The rational center needs to step up now to stop the wingnuts. That is why I am proudly supporting Crist.

  16. Party hacks on both sides Says:

    Alcee Hastings is equivalent to the Republican hacks who have tried to banish Republicans supporting Crist.

    Party first is a dead starter anymore.

  17. Lisa Scott Says:

    Charlie Crist is the ONLY choice for the State of Florida. Charlie Crist will come to the middle of the road to get work done in Washington.. Vote for Charlie Crist on line #9 !!!!!!!

  18. unreal Says:

    This issue is laughable. The Dems eating their own. I like how so many of you lefties are not about party unity now, when you seem to KNOW Meek will lose, but it was all about party unity when Obama and the Dems took over a couple years ago. Hows that Hope and Change working for you? What did we get? More of the same.
    Both parties are so crooked I don’t know how anyone can maintain their affiliation with either party.
    We should all register as independents
    so that both parties have no idea what is going on, and just everytime you get a pollster calling you, refuse to answer. Make them wonder what is going on, and force them into the field to listen to people and to make good decisions.
    If you are a party hack then you are the reason our state and our country is in the shape it is in.

  19. Serious Voter Says:

    It is amazing that the consistent good work by Charlie Crist in the offices where he has worked for legislation helpful for most of us and not harmful to any of us is taking hits. Anger about poor national leadership is no justification for putting into the U.S. Senate ambitious people whose work for Florida is inconsequential at best or insignificant in fact. Crist has led Florida to rank among the top business-friendly states in the U.S. as well as among the best governed states. He has made tough decisions against products of the legislative sausage factory AND cut budgets. What have the other candidates done besides make speeches and hunt votes?

  20. Joe Says:

    Charlie Crist is a political whore and nothing more.

  21. Notice the morons... Says:

    Typical of their non-principled two-party political pedigree Aaronson and Vana are fleeing at the first sign of trouble. If they were in any way, shape, or form competent or imaginative, they would use this situation to call for Instant Runoff Voting in Florida elections so they wouldn’t have to shiver and run at the first sign of competitive trouble. Really goes to show how the Democrats or Republicans aren’t really political parties, just wholesale warehouses for people who want to get into office but have little in common with other who share their party label.

  22. wyn Says:

    Black folks wake up, even if all of the eligible black voters voted for Meek, he still would not win. Why would you waste your vote for him and allow the GOP Tea party puppet Rubio to win. It’s not logical and Meek needs to step down and back Crist so that we can derail Marco Rubio. In this case the end will justify the means. Meek if he steps down will definitely have a future for he will have sacrificed personal gain for the greater good. WAKE UP DEMS– VOTE FOR CRIST, MEEK HASN’T GOT A CHANCE! DON’T WASTE YOUR VOTE AND ALLOW RUBIO TO WIN. WAKE UP!!!

  23. Seymour Says:

    To you idiots who cry that some are irrationally calling racism: Blacks have been the most loyal Democratic constituency. You’re more than happy to take black votes for granted when “your” Democratic candidate runs. But when it’s a black man, you’re going to support someone who said Sarah Palin would make a great president, who supports Bush’s tax cuts for the rich, who called President Obama’s health care legislation — which Democrats have been fighting for for over 60 years — ‘scary’, and who may even caucus with Republicans? — and you have the chutzpah to criticize black voters who say that’s out of line? YOU’RE out of line. If you’re a Democrat, vote for a Democrat, not some 2-bit political panderer who by the way coldly executed a Jew — Martin Grossman — who had been convicted on the basis of recanted testimony, just to score some extra political points in his Republican party primary (See http://www.truth2010.org for more details). You fools who are suppporting Crist are the ones electing Rubio. If you want to defeat Rubio, unite around the Democratic nominee. Many Democrats will NOT vote for Crist, so ‘uniting’ around Crist is an impossibility – it will just elect Rubio. Get real, people! Don’t you remember Ralph Nader and 2000?? All we have to do is all vote for the DEMOCRAT and the DEMOCRAT will win!!

  24. Fred Says:

    Hey Kendrick, it’s easy to win over Burt’s constituency. Invite them to a free Billy Bowman BBQ and serve kosher beef ribs.

  25. Barney Says:

    Crist is a EGO Mania, two faced, self centered fool. Just like the loser n the WH!

    Talk about taking one for the country, those two want to take the country for themselves!

    BTW math genius, the independents are the voters that will put Rubio in office! They hate the mistake they made in 08!

  26. Nat Klasfeld Says:

    Shelly Vana…look at the ruins you left to the Teacher’s Union because of your political crap…you have done nothing to SAVE EDUCATION in Palm Beach County.
    Both Vana and Aaronson have their heads so far up their … They forget to work for the county and find more jobs and help our local economy return..Let go of your political self interest involvement and work for the people…

  27. Lady1 Says:

    ALCEE HASTINGS HAD NO HESITATION TO THROW HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT UNDER THE BUS-AND HAS COLOSSAL NERVE URGING MEEK TO STAY IN AND ATTACKING CRIST. HASTINGS PUTS PARTY BEFORE COUNTRY-EXACTLY WHAT WE DONT NEED ANYMORE. IF MEEK STAYS IN & CAUSES RUBIO TO BECOME SENATOR FROM FLORIDA, WE WILL REMEMBER WHEN COMES TIME TO VOTE FOR ALCEE HASTINGS AND MEEK FOR ANY POSITION IN FLORIDA. WE WILL REMEMBER TO VOTE NO ON BOTH OF THEM.
    PUT YOUR EGOS ASIDE AND GET OUT OF THE WAY. THE REPUBLICANS HATED CRIST BECAUSE AS ONE OF THEIR LEADERS SAID: ” CRIST IS THE BEST DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR FLORIDA EVER HAD” (and that was when he was a republican).
    A VOTE FOR MEEK IS A VOTE FOR RUBIO.
    VOTE FOR CRIST WHO HAS A CHANCE OF WINNING AGAINST TEAPARTY CRACKPOTS.

  28. Independent guy Says:

    The party hacks can not tell us who to vote for. Party loyalty is an oxymoron.

    We in the responsible center will unite on behalf of Governor Crist.

  29. Howard D Says:

    Crist is not for your interest…think like a Republican dumbocrats..vote outside your own interest.

  30. Linda Says:

    Charlie Crist does what he says he will or gives it his best shot for everyone in FL. He is missing the Tea Party everyday people by saying negative things about them but he needs to know they all do not back Rubio and they all stand for the same things as he does, so please Charlie, we need you to win and you need to tell people you believe in the teaparty and share their same ideas, this is hurting you and I don’t want that to happen. Just because they back Rubio, that is not everyday people in FL, I am with the Tea Party in spirit and I do not trust Rubio at all, just have a bad feeling about him and trust Charlie Crist, you need to let them know you are with them, who cares what Rubio says! I know I am not alone, you need to stand with us for what you believe in, it’s the same stuff! WIN!

  31. Kevin Says:

    Wow I miss Hillary Clinton!

  32. Election Expert Says:

    Hey folks, he is seeking a method to withdraw but there is research being undertaken to determine the disposition of the early votes that have been cast for him.

  33. The Truth Will Set You Free!! Says:

    Lest we not forget that Alcee Hastings was IMPEACHED from his US District Judgeship for corruption and perjury

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcee_Hastings

  34. obama the clown Says:

    when aaronson says vote for his choice, you know he is the worst possible person for the job.

  35. Reality Says:

    Seymour is SPOT ON! I’d rather see Rubio win than allow Crist to get Meek’s support. If Meek drops out, Blacks WILL NOT VOTE…PERIOD! Blacks have been MOST LOYAL to the Democrats and they need to stick up for Kendrick. It’s not about playing any race card, its about LOYALTY. Crist should be destroying the Republican party, NOT the Democrats and its these stupid Democrat party leaders who allow him to do it. If they unite behind MEEK, MEEK CAN WIN…BOTTOM LINE.

    I will never vote for Crist! I’d rather see a Tea Partier in Washington. At least I know THAT DEVIL!!

  36. unreal Says:

    Honestly this race is down to a sheep with integrity, a narcissist with no principles, and a bulldog with more passion than sense.
    Ill let you decide which is which.
    While I am against most of what he believes in, I’m going with the sheep with integrity as the only one who didn’t really run an ugly campaign.
    Integrity is severely lacking in politics and you won’t ever get that from a narcissist or a bulldog.

  37. lol Says:

    nothing gives as much pleasure as watching the dems and independents eat each other alive… while they are off to the side fighting like children over who gets the ball…… the republican takes the court! Idiots!

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