In his Miami Herald column, Michael Putney suggests the Diaz-Balart brothers' ties to Kendrick Meek were a contributing factor to the astounding decision to take back their endorsement of Gov. Charlie Crist.
"There's more to it than pique over a rejected judicial appointment," Putney wrote. "The Diaz-Balart brothers have a close relationship with Kendrick Meek, who has followed their lead and that of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Cuba. The brothers were evidently feeling that by endorsing Crist they'd betrayed Meek, who sat on the sidelines instead of endorsing their Democratic opponents last year. So, the Diaz-Balarts met privately with Meek and his mother, former Congresswoman Carrie Meek, before the PAC luncheon and said they'll be sitting on the sidelines during the 2010 Senate race."
In a column on The Huffington Post, Miami pollster Sergio Bendixen argues that the endorsement doesn't matter much anyhow, noting that the Diaz-Balart's "endorsements did not carry much weight the last time they opposed a fellow Cuban American in a statewide Republican primary." In 2004, they sided with Bill McCollum over Mel Martinez -- Martinez won more than 90 percent of the vote in majority Cuban American precincts, Bendixen writes -- and won the Senate seat.