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Black church leaders in Miami-Dade remain faithful to Kendrick “no quit” Meek

by Ana Valdes | October 31st, 2010

Dem. Kendrick Meek and his mother, former Miami Congresswoman Carrie Meek, receive the blessing from a pastor in Liberty City on Sunday.

MIAMI — With a brown Bible in hand, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek set out Sunday morning to attract last-minute support in some of Miami-Dade and Broward County’s largest black churches.

The Miami congressman got nothing more than well wishes and hopeful chants from hundreds of supporters, who say they will stick to his campaign despite recent rumors that he’d consider an early exit.

“Don’t you quit, don’t you quit,” chanted a crowd of women at Mt. Hermon AME Church in Miami Gardens, the third in a tour of almost a half dozen churches Meek visited in South Florida.

Members of the Mt. Hermon congregation extended their hands over Meek’s head and asked for God to bless him during the final stretch of the campaign.

“You can’t get elected unless you pass by Mt. Hermon,” said Rev. John F. White II, the church’s pastor and Meek’s friend.“We call him Kendrick‘don’t quit’ Meek.”

Meek told the crowd in Miami Gardens that his faith is keeping him optimistic that he will be victorious on Tuesday, despite poll numbers showing he trails independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Republican Marco Rubio.

“If you just have a little faith, a little faith in God’s people that they will have the chance to vote, then we will be alright,” Meek said.

The candidate’s church tour began around 8:30 a.m. in Liberty City, where despite the rain and exhaustion after weeks of campaigning, Meek visited his congregation at Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church.

Meek ran a little behind schedule, but his mother, former Miami Congresswoman Carrie Meek, was waiting for him in the church’s second pew.

“There’s nothing like your mom getting to church before you,”Meek said with a smile before joining the elder Meek for worship.

Rev. George McCrae, Mount Tabor’s leader, made reference to the time when blacks could not vote, and asked his followers to think of Meek when they visited the polls.

“This is the man to pick,” McCrae said.

10 Responses to “Black church leaders in Miami-Dade remain faithful to Kendrick “no quit” Meek”

  1. Moderate Democrat Says:

    It is time for the rational center to unite Governor Crist to stop the extreme far right Rubio.

    Don’t matter if Meek was polka-dot. It is time to unite behind the only viable option.

  2. Matt Says:

    Oh, dear, two “different” commenters use the same phrase, in two separate Palm Beach Post articles, in the space of 11 minutes. Is Chuckles sending his one staffer around to astroturf?

  3. Macy Says:

    No shame in losing, shame on quitting.

    He’s fought hard against the estabishment in S FL which has consistently given him a kick. Once too often.

    The black community needs to start flexing their strength within the democrat party.

    Lack of support, dampened enthusiasm from democrat honchos helped to unbalance the vote.

  4. Sammy Says:

    Don’t give up because Wexler thought he was going to get a job out of this…regardless of color…show the people you dont give up on the voters!

  5. trueservice Says:

    WHY WOULD MEEK LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE GOVERNOR AND ASKED THE GOVERNOR TO CALL HIM BACK AND ONCE THE GOVERNOR DID CALL MEEK BACK & LEFT HIM A VERY CIVIL MESSAGE SPECIFICALLY SAYING THAT HE WAS RETURNING HIS CALL. — WHY WOULD MEEK PUBLISH THAT RETURN CALL—SOMETHING SMELLS TO HIGH HEAVEN HERE — WHERE IS THE MEDIA – DON’T THE PEOPLE IN FLORIDA DESERVE THE TRUTH — WHY IS THE MEDIA TAKING THE EASY ROAD DANCING TO MEEK’S TUNE? IS THE MEDIA’S MEEK RUBBER STAMPER?

    Some black leaders sadly are not below selling out the black votes if it helps them_ Meek has known for quite awhile he had lost the race – he fought Crist for second place and realized that he had lost when poll showed that he is 15%,- Clinton asked Meek to step aside for the greater good, he agreed – set date- then words got out- Meek got a more lucrative offer, once that benefits him and him alone- sold out his conscious & the people of Florida
    What is even sadder is that Former President Clinton agreed to go alone with the story Meek put out. ONE QUESTION’S MR’ PRESIDENT do you believe that conspiring with Meek to lie to Black voters and particular and to Floridians in general, is FOR THE GREATER GOOD? if so God help America, God help the world

  6. floridaforall Says:

    Marcy: this election is not about Meek it is about Florida

  7. Sammy Says:

    True Service

    Wexler/Deutch people called Crist….they have been planning this for a year.

    Wake up. Bobby was promised something probably to secure the jewish vote (which doesn’t trust Bobby or Teddy anyway)

    ANYONE BUT OBAMA 2012
    CHANGE WE WILL ALL PAY FOR!

  8. JohnJ Says:

    Do not vote for MEEK. And, I’m a black man. Vote for CHARLIE.

  9. Betty Childs Says:

    Something in the milk ain’t clean!
    1. Clinton denied he pushed Meek to drop out and endorse Crist but admitted it was “discussed,” he then campaigned for Meek.
    2. Crist couldn’t get the party nod so he changed teams when it was convenient for him.
    3. Rubio is personally bankrolled by the R party and his views on taxes are disgraceful. Status Quo.

  10. C. Andre Smith Says:

    Kendrick Meek “Fought The Good Fight”

    I am a TRUE Democrat who applauds the effort and passion that Mr. Meek displayed throughtout his campaign for election to the U.S. Senate…

    We came up short this time, but tommorrow is a new day. I believe Mr. Meeks will be a force in the Democratic party for years to come. Because his heart is in the right place and he has always put the interests of the people of Florida above his own…

    And to Mama Carrie I say ” You Done Well” I salute you for instilling those values in your son and as I have been a witness and supporter throughout his amazing career, I say this is NOT a setback but a Clarion call that when the dust settles it is onward and upward as a party and the good fight has just begun…

    Meek’s my man,
    TeamMeek 4 Life!!!!

    C. Andre Smith
    Loyal Democrat
    U.S.Army – Retired

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