Meek to Burt: Don’t waste my timeby Jane Musgrave | October 12th, 2010
Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek canceled tomorrow’s meeting with Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson, saying it would be a waste of time because he believed the influential Democratic had already decided to endorse no-party candidate Gov. Charlie Crist in the U.S. Senate race.
The cancellation capped a day that started with news that a Palm Beach County political action committee had voted to ask Aaronson to urge Meek to get out of the race and continued with a largely incoherent telephone press conference that featured Democratic leaders insisting Meek wouldn’t pull out.
“I certainly understand his feelings,” Aaronson said of Meek’s decision not to meet with him alone or with a group he planned to put together.
A statement from Meek’s campaign showed the congressman was steamed by the entire chain of events.
“Unfortunately, it’s clear that this process is a charade and I don’t make it a habit to attend Charlie Crist campaign events,” his campaign said of the aborted Aaronson confab. “I’m going to spend my time talking to Democrats and undecided voters and not with those willing to stand with conservative Republicans.”
“I don’t need to attend an event with a small group of Crist supports trying to hijack the Democratic process,” the statement continued. “They have never been with my campaign.”
Unlike the suggestion by the People’s Choice PAC, Aaronson said he had no intention of asking Meek to leave the race. Instead, he said he wanted him to explain how he intended to beat GOP candidate Marco Rubio in the three-way race. Polls have consistently showed Meek a distant third.
Aaronson also insisted he had nothing to do with the decision by the People’s Choice of Palm Beach County PAC to call for Meek to leave the race and throw his support to Crist. The group, headed by Democrat Jay Weitz, voted Monday after Crist was in Delray Beach for a ground-breaking at an affordable housing project.
County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Alan Siegel dismissed the vote, saying most of the members of the PAC weren’t invited. “It was a rump vote,” he said.
Aaronson said he will hold a press conference Wednesday with unnamed officials to announce who he plans to endorse. “I just need some breathing time,” he said of the topsy-turvy day.