Meek says flap “has been good for my campaign”by Jeff Ostrowski | October 30th, 2010
Senate candidate Kendrick Meek says the attention focused on whether he’ll stay in the race has energized his supporters.
“This has been good for my campaign,” Meek told reporters this afternoon in Wilton Manors. “We’re seeing a surge in voter participation.”
Meek said he has been getting calls and e-mails from supporters urging him to stay in the race.
“It’s inspired them to vote,” he said. “It’s inspired them to call their family members, it’s inspired them to continue to insure that democracy reigns.”
Friday’s headlines were dominated by stories about former President Bill Clinton asking Meek to quit the race. Meek says Clinton raised the topic but didn’t encourage Meek to bow out.
However, Meek said Crist earlier this week pressed him to leave the race. One day this week, Meek said, Crist called Meek’s cell phone at 4:57 a.m. and left a message. And, Meek said, in a face-to-face conversation, Crist asked him to drop out.
“I said, ‘That’s a non-starter,’” Crist recalled.
Meek said Crist then offered a small cross and asked Meek to keep it while he mulled over his decision. Meek, a Democratic Congressman, is running a distant third in the polls behind Republican Marco Rubio and independent Charlie Crist.