West Palm Beach, FL – As the primary season comes to a close, Floridians have a choice to make between one of America’s most successful businessmen and job creators, and a failed career politician who has been tied to a corruption scandal and failed to pass any bills he authored in his 8 years in Congress.
Kendrick Meek has never had a general campaign opponent, and barely any opposition in a primary election before this year. As it was reported yesterday, Meek has spent about $3 million in the election, while his campaign had predicted a year ago he would raise $25 million for his campaign. If Meek were to win, he would be sunk before the general election even starts. While Meek would be forced to raise money non-stop to be competitive, Jeff Greene would be taking on Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist every day.
The top reasons voters are rejecting the idea of Congressman Meek being in the Senate:
Meek’s relationship with Dennis Stackhouse, where Stackhouse rewarded Meek’s friends and family for assistance with taxpayer money. Stackhouse has been arrested for fraud and theft when he failed to use this taxpayer money on his proposed project in one of the country’s most impoverished neighborhoods.
Meek took thousands of dollars in tobacco money and then tried, on behalf of Big Tobacco, to help kill a tobacco tax which would raise money for children’s health care.
While taking thousands of dollars from banks, Meek encouraged low-income Floridians to take the very subprime mortgages that later forced so many into foreclosure.
Meek was on the board of a private security company while he was a legislator, and on the very committee deciding to give that company state contracts. Investigations later found that company bilked Florida taxpayers for millions.
Meek introduced a bill to kill a competitive bidding program for Medicare, while taking thousands in contributions from medical supply companies. The bidding program saves money for Medicare so it can provide more services to seniors.
While unemployment increased throughout Florida, Meek voted for multiple pay raises for himself and had taxpayers pay for his SUV.
Meek was one of only 8 Representatives who voted against the Do Not Call registry, while taking thousands of dollars from telecom companies.
Meek’s top donor is Big Sugar, and Meek voted for a billion-dollar subsidy that consumer groups opposed because it drove prices up too high for regular people.
Meek has opposed ethical cleanup of the government-he voted against key lobbying reforms that would limit the free gifts and meals legislators receive from lobbyists, repeatedly voted against earmark reform and refused to release his earmark requests to the public.
Meek has received $86,796 in privately funded travel, including a nearly-$5,000 trip to the Turks and Caicos for Meek, his wife, and their two children.