Florida: Meek to Travel to Fort Myers With Obama

Posted February 9, 2009 at 6:08pm

Rep. Kendrick Meek (D), who is running for the seat of retiring Sen. Mel Martinez (R), will make a high-profile appearance with President Barack Obama in Fort Myers today to promote the economic recovery plan before Congress.

Meek, who hails from a Miami-based district and has a lot of work to do to boost his profile statewide, sent out a news release on Tuesday announcing that he would be travelling with the president.

“The message that I am delivering to my constituents and to all Floridians is that without the passage of an economic stimulus plan, this recession could turn into something much worse,” Meek said. “Floridians cannot afford a business as usual approach in Washington during these worrisome economic times. Floridians require the courage of leadership to act boldly and swiftly to get our economy back on solid ground, and that begins by passing this critical legislation.”

Meek and state Sen. Dan Gelber are the only announced Democratic candidates in the Senate race. The GOP has yet to sort itself out as party insiders await a decision from Gov. Charlie Crist.