[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/28/art.blcinton.0428y.gi.jpg caption=" Bill Clinton sent out a fundraising letter on Friday for Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek."]Washington (CNN) - Bill Clinton is asking for money – to help Democrats take back a Senate seat in Florida. The former president sent out a fundraising letter on Friday for Rep. Kendrick Meek.
"Please donate $5 or more to Kendrick's campaign today," Clinton writes. "Help him meet his end-of-quarter fundraising goal by June 30 so he can take advantage of the dynamics of this three-candidate race." Clinton states that goal is $100,000.
Meek is locked in a Democratic primary battle against billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene. Also vying for the seat are Republican nominee Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent after exiting the GOP primary.
The rancor in the Meek, Greene race has grown increasingly bitter as both men have traded barbs.
Among other things, Meek accuses Greene of being a "carpetbagger" and amassing his real estate fortune on the backs of the middle class in Florida and California, where Greene lived for many years. Greene slams Meek for a so-called "scandal" involving Meek's past dealings with a real estate developer currently accused of fraud in a project previously proposed for a Miami neighborhood. Both men deny those claims.
In his fundraising letter, Clinton called Meek "the best candidate" with a record of looking out for Floridians. And Clinton hopes Democrats can "take back this crucial Senate seat."
GOP Sen. George LeMieux currently holds the seat after Republican Sen. Mel Martinez retired. Crist appointed LeMieux to the seat.
Greene's campaign is essentially dismissing Clinton's ringing endorsement for Meek.
"Meek is a career politician and therefore has the support of the insiders and the Washington establishment," Greene campaign spokesman Paul Blank told CNN.
"The reason Jeff [Greene] is surging in the polls is because he's an outsider who's independent of all the special interests and is going to shake things up in Washington on behalf of the people," he added.