June 25th, 2010
11:44 AM ET
12 years ago

Bill Clinton: 'Please donate $5 or more' to help Dem win Florida

[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.

Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Florida
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. John Q.

    Sure Clinton, support another corrupt politician in bed with embezzlers and thieves arrested for stealing millions, like this Stackhouse guy. Of course Meeks says he didn't know his mother was getting tens of thousands of dollars in cash, or new cars, in kickbacks from a guy Meeks got earmarks for in similar numbers, and tried for millions more. Check out the story yourself before you vote for this candidate...

    June 25, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. a little sad

    phoenix86 June 25th, 2010 12:34 pm ET

    Vote for Meek. Keep Nancy Pelosi in power.


    My goodness! You've finally seen the light!

    June 25, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Future expat


    "Excuse me???? CNN barely managed to collect $1 million for Louisiana, wildlife victims and he wants people to donate $5 or more dollars to help in a political race????

    How about collecting those $5 for the poor families of Louisiana who are in need, loosing everything!!!!!!

    Talk about out of touch with reality."


    This is blatant hypocrisy. The GOP is also sending out mailers asking for money. Therefore, by your logic, the GOP is also out of touch with reality.

    June 25, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Samantha

    Why would Florida want Obama II with the same political leanings, preferences, priorities and constituencies to be at the helm of our state? I can tell you, at this point, with the scope of the oil disaster, the scope of Florida's economic and employment problems, the scope of the real estate problems, the scope of the national security problems and Obama's lack of support for Israel and muddled policy on Cuba and Venezuela, I can't think of one reason why Floridians would want to vote for him or anyone from his party. Let's keep Charlie Christ; at least the had the guts to separate himself from the Republicans and follow his own path, which is moderate and not idealogically–driven.

    June 25, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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