January 13th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Meek announces Senate run

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(CNN) – The 111th Congress has barely begun but already a candidacy for a Senate seat in the 112th Congress has been announced.

Florida Democrat Rep. Kendrick Meek announced that he is running to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Mel Martinez in 2010.

“Never in my lifetime have the people of Florida been faced with so many big problems,” Meek said in a statement.

“Change has come to Washington. But it won’t be easy. There will be opposition from many powerful forces who have stopped us before . . . I want to be a fighter for Florida with a strong voice that won’t let the special interests stand in the way of what’s right.”

Meek is currently serving his fourth term in the House of Representatives, and is the son of former Congresswoman Carrie Meek.

Meek is the first Senate hopeful to formally announce a bid to replace Martinez, who said earlier this month will not seek re-election in 2010. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush recently announced that he will not run for Martinez’s seat.

–CNN Congressional Producer Evan Glass contributed to this report.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. gt

    change we dont need ,,, surley there is more qulaified democarts than this rasical ... no matter the color ,,,,,ugh

    January 13, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. reggie

    I live in Florida and there is no way Meek will win the democratic nomination let alone the seat. He thinks that being black will propel him to victory, but his poor house record will hold him back. He only wins reelection because of his very liberal leaning voting district.

    January 13, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. brenda

    isnt this the same guy who accused pugs of being paranoid and even screamed at them that they were QALL wrong when confronted about how fannie and freddie needed to be regulated because the numbers werent adding up and the great fannie and freddie were going to fail and alot of homeowners would also fail? yes i bleive it is. i saw him and maxine waters in a congressional hearing say that the pugs were paranoid, they were wrong and how dare they accuse the dems and barney frank of the troubles facing fannie and freddie. if fla people were smart, and they arent really cause they voted for obama after he dissed them, then they would research this guys role in the fannie and freddie fiasko.

    January 13, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Apples for sale

    And whos bankrolling this bum,the anti-castro trolls or the citrus growers?

    January 13, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Bible salesman

    I believe he plans to inherit the earth.

    January 13, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |

    This is good news!

    January 13, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. V

    How do you write an entire story without saying what party they are a part of? Really? That is extremely bad reporting

    January 13, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. therealmarie

    Good news, he is just as talented as his opponets.

    January 13, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Michael, Houston Texas

    I have seen this guy late night on CSPAN a few times and I like him.

    January 13, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Come again!

    Hope u win....I'll vote 4 u!

    January 13, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Baze

    Copying a page right out of the Obama playbook.... nice job

    January 13, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Fact Checker


    It would be good to point out that Congressman Meek is a Democrat, just to avoid confusion.

    January 13, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. The OL

    The Obama legacy is working already.

    January 13, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. LaTashia

    He's an honest hard working guy.....I would vote for him if I could!

    January 13, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. bsmith171

    what country is he running in?

    January 13, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Brenda

    I believe there is an error in the article. The ticker title says Meek is running for Menendez (NJ) seat, but he is running for Mel Martinez seat of florida. Thanks.

    January 13, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Cuba Wanted Change in 1959 - Be Careful What You Wish For

    Just what we need – more Democrats in Congress.

    What ever happened to a TWO PARTY system?

    The libs want it all for themselves! And they don't care who or what they destroy in the process.

    January 13, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Brian From Fort Mill, SC

    Hmmm. The Meek shall inherit the Senate? 🙂

    January 13, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Jackie in Dallas

    Clean out your closets, and dust off all your credentials, Rep. Meek, because Florida is a tough nut to crack!

    January 13, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. patriot

    I like this guy! I've been watching him from time to time on C-SPAN.

    January 13, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. cat

    Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

    January 13, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. chuck


    January 13, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. Joe the Troll

    How can any true Christian Republican run against him? After all, he's supposed to inherit the Earth.

    January 13, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. dmjakers

    Um, didn't he just get done taking the oath of office?

    January 13, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. John, Brooklyn, NY

    I have nothing against Representative Meek – and I'm sure he's a good man – but can't we find politicians who aren't the sons, daughters, husbands, or wives of other politicians to lead our country? Politics should not become the "family business" for any American family.

    January 13, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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