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Charlie Crist is no  progressive.

"I'm as conservative as any governor. I'm chain  gang Charlie. I'm pro-gun. I'm pro life,"

There is a true  progressive in the Florida Senate race, and he is being all but ignored  by the progressive community.  Kendrick Meek needs and deserves the support  of everyone who is looking to put better Democrats in Congress.

Meek  is the one Florida Senate Candidate who remains just as committed today  as he has always been to keeping oil rigs away from Florida's fragile  coasts. Unlike Charlie Crist who

... even evoked childhood  memories of cleaning birds after an oil spill in Tampa Bay. He has  expressed adamant opposition to drilling throughout his career, from  state senator to education commissioner to U.S. Senate candidate to  attorney general.

But on Tuesday, he joined presumptive  Republican presidential nominee John McCain in calling for an end to a  26-year federal ban on drilling, saying states should decide whether to  allow rigs off their coasts, subject to safety and environmental  restrictions.

Well, let's just say Charlie wants us to  believe that he's back with us right now, but we know that Kendrick Meek  has always been on our side against offshore drilling.

Meek is  now and always has been a strong progressive and he comes down on the  right side on an impressive number of  issues.

  • Meek strongly supports repeal of DADT.

  • Supports gay marriage.

  • Pro choice.

  • 100% NARAL rating.  Rated  10% by Christian Coalition.

  • Strong environmental record.

  • Voted  against oil refineries, for energy independence.

  • Strong pro  working families record.

  • Co-sponsored Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

  • Voted against CAFTA.

  • Progressive on immigration.

  • Progressive  on taxation

  • NO on retroactive telecom immunity

  • Defender  of Social Security


And as a State Senator he became famous for championing the Class Size  Amendment and for leading a sit in Governor Jeb Bush's office to protest  the One Florida initiative that basically did away with affirmative  action at state schools.

The list goes on.  Pick an issue.  I found that Meek shares my  values and ideals many of my priorities.  Even on issues where we  disagree, I find that his reasoning is fact based and defensible.

No  Party Charlie Crist is no progressive.  It's true that he's not exactly  a raging right winger like Rubio (or is he?) but he will never amount to a  reliable progressive vote.

So, we can have in Senator Crist  another Lieberdem - a guy who might sometimes vote our way, but who will  always have great leverage over us and our priorities, or we can  support a true progressive candidate.

Meek is not a compromise  candidate - he is progressive.  He is not a typical triangulating  centrist, and certainly not a right-center wishy washy GOP today Dem  tomorrow flip flopper like Charlie Crist.  Kendrick Meek is a true  progressive champion who we can count on for the next 6 years.

The  truth is that we really have no idea how No Party Charlie might vote.   On the other hand, we know we can count on Kendrick Meek to support our  causes.   But only if we support him now.

Kendrick Meek is and  always has been a strong progressive.  He believes in and fights for  progressive ideals.  He deserves the support of this progressive  community.

The Kendrick Meek Campaign needs money and volunteers.

Originally posted to BlogWood on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 07:47 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Where the fuck have I been? Let's just say that life sometimes intervenes.

    by norwood on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 07:47:37 AM PDT

  •  How was Crist won over by more oil drilling????? (2+ / 0-)
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    We have the biggest environmental disaster in history - an oil volcano that's spewing out the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez every 3-4 days.  This affects a MUCH larger number of people than the Exxon Valdez disaster did and a MUCH larger area.

    Is there a SINGLE person in the entire world who now thinks "I was skeptical of the safety of expanding offshore oil drilling before, but BP has really, really won me over"?  I was against expanded offshore oil drilling before, and I'm now even more strongly against it now.  (In my opinion, the debate should be about a timetable to shut down the existing offshore oil drilling.)  I can understand those who were for more offshore oil drilling now and are still for it but also say that we need better enforcement of existing regulations.  I just cannot understand why someone who was against more offshore oil drilling before is for it now.

    You might be a Rethug if you join forces with the tobacco lobbyists but condemn abortion, birth control, and gay marriage as crimes against humanity.

    by jhsu on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:22:52 AM PDT

    •  da stoopid is blinding.... (1+ / 0-)
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      GN1927

      I don't understand how anyone after seeing what
      has happened in the gulf would ever be for offshore drilling...

      It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. Ansel Adams -6.5 -6.75

      by Statusquomustgo on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:30:41 AM PDT

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    •  Political expedience (0+ / 0-)

      This is how the GOP tore the country up in terms of lack of vision and immature policy-making, using tribalism, gut-thinking, and promotion of a siege mentality to obscure the short-term and ultimately unsustainable aspects of their policies: deregulation, oil addiction, warmongering as a first resort while disdaining diplomacy.

      IMO Crist and the remainder of the GOP (he's clearly still a GOP partisan although ostensibly Indie) are short-sightedly looking to preserve jobs, rather than taking the tougher approach of leveling with their respective constituencies about the long-term unsustainability of drilling economies.

      What I like most about what POTUS just did was to basically have BP pay for the 6-month moratorium with the extra $100M facility specifically for people whose employment is affected by the moratorium alongside the $20B escrow account.  That should take the pressure off of constituents who need to revisit the oil philosophy, but who need a cushion so that they can feed their families.

      climate.gov---POTUS' New Science-Based Climate Change Agency

      by GN1927 on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:53:58 AM PDT

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      •  GN, Crist is against off shore drilling. comment (1+ / 0-)
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        is from 2008. NOT recent.

        Barack Obama: "These guys want to be paid like rock stars when all they're doing is lip-synching capitalism." may21, 2010

        by vc2 on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:57:13 AM PDT

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        •  OMG (1+ / 0-)
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          Comment retracted.  I guess that I read too quickly.  Thanks so much for the correction; sorry to have helped to spread misinformation!

          climate.gov---POTUS' New Science-Based Climate Change Agency

          by GN1927 on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:00:38 AM PDT

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          •  your welcome. I don't like it when either side (1+ / 0-)
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            GN1927

            tries to mislead, it seems worse when it is ours as well because we should not use the gop's worst actions ourselves. Lots of accurate policy differences that can be used to make a case without inaccurate ones to hype anger in a disaster

            I knew you weren't spreading it, unless you went to check the link you couldn't know. It is only bc i remember Crists comment's since the disaster that i bothered to click it myself

            Barack Obama: "These guys want to be paid like rock stars when all they're doing is lip-synching capitalism." may21, 2010

            by vc2 on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 11:34:55 AM PDT

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            •  I think you're exactly right (1+ / 0-)
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              And this is coming from someone who wishes that Meek received more attention here for his diaries, and who has admired him from his days in the 30-something caucus.  I wish that the fire on display during those C-Span sessions would catch here.

              climate.gov---POTUS' New Science-Based Climate Change Agency

              by GN1927 on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 11:40:07 AM PDT

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              •  I can see how frustrating the Meek situation (0+ / 0-)

                is, especially those who have supported him long before this run for senate.

                All things being equal, i would as well but they aren't equal and Crist is unique in the sense that his running as an independent won't handicap him since the voters in florida know well how he governed and his beliefs..and to be honest, generally approve of how he has handled the state even if they don't agree with half of his policies individually.  Which is rather a testament to his ability to govern.

                Meek needs to become an explosive candidate, one who is able to get his view and his point across from one end of the state to the other.  I haven't seen that from him and it is getting very late.  If he can't push his recognition higher on his own then sadly i don't think a vote for him will be anything but a waste, end up making Rubio the winner.  

                We (dems) can't do it by misleading information.  Then it reflects on Meek but it also discourages those who might vote. Its a fascinating thing to see because it seems to me that it is as important to not bash Crist without a good factual basis as it is to support Meek.  It may not be an official primary but when it comes down to the wire a decision has to be made at the voting booth.  Unless someone plans to vote straight dem out of ideology, i think both sides (crist and meek) need to leave some breathing room for the other and if the polls at the end - say the last week before voting - show either a big lead by one of the two or a real split then someone should throw their support behind the other.

                We will see how it shakes out, right now i see a pretty lackluster candidate - i even find his posts here lackluster - for the dems.  The saving grace is that Crist is still in the race as an indie because if the choice was Meek or Rubio i suspect many would stay home.  At the moment anyway.

                My advice to Meek would be to attack Rubio in public every day in every type of media market.  Try to increase his recognition that way and also wean some of the moderate republicans conservative dems to his side.

                Barack Obama: "These guys want to be paid like rock stars when all they're doing is lip-synching capitalism." may21, 2010

                by vc2 on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 12:55:21 PM PDT

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    •  Because diarist is misleading us, using a 2008 (0+ / 0-)

      comment of Crists, long long long before the BP oil spill.

      In fact i think he hoped no one would read it.

      Crist's about-face on oil

      Steve Bousquet, Tallahassee Bureau Chief
      In Print: Friday, June 20, 2008

      The only reason I did, is I know for a fact that Crist has gone back to his normal and core belief on off shore drilling with Florida since the oil spill.

      I think the only reason there ever was a blip, was the fight against rubio at a time when he needed to swing right more.

      It was deliberately misleading because anyone who has followed this disaster knows how Crist has responded to it and diarist must have skipped many more recent articles that show he is against drilling offshore.

      Barack Obama: "These guys want to be paid like rock stars when all they're doing is lip-synching capitalism." may21, 2010

      by vc2 on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 08:56:21 AM PDT

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      •  Not misleading (0+ / 0-)

        It's not misleading to use a politician's words against him just because he has decided to start singing a different tune, especially if said politician is being criticized for not having any real values.

        It might have been misleading if I had not included a link and had actually implied that the quote was recent.

        See, that's the whole point of linking to things - readers can actually follow the links to sources and decide for themselves.

        Those with a bone to pick along with folks who lack critical thinking skills may find this concept difficult to follow.

        Where the fuck have I been? Let's just say that life sometimes intervenes.

        by norwood on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 07:49:30 AM PDT

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  •  I'm not voting for Meek (0+ / 0-)

    He is simply unelectable.  A vote for Meek is just another vote that Charlie can't get and ultimately becomes a vote for Rubio.  This race is about stopping the teabaggers and Rubio.  Mr. Meek can run again in about 10 years.

  •  Great guy. Right on the issues. (0+ / 0-)

    Poor politician.

    I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

    by doc2 on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 09:46:58 AM PDT

  •  Dear Diarist norwood: (0+ / 0-)

    I donated again because you asked so nicely.

    But, could I trouble you to edit your sig line?

    The more I see the F-word, the more likely I am to use it (by accident). I am trying to clean up my act.

    Also, it makes a somewhat foul impression after the fine things you have written about Meek.

    In fact, you have made a wonderful case for Meek and against Crist......

    Many thanks for this diary.

    Media Reform Action Link http://stopbigmedia.com/

    by LNK on Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 10:18:09 AM PDT

    •  You're right (1+ / 0-)
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      I changed my sig - but only because I plan on writing more advocacy diaries for candidates.

      But beware - I may revert to my natural form at any time.

      Where have I been? One word: lurking.

      by norwood on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 09:48:31 AM PDT

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