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Haiti tragedy puts Kendrick Meek in spotlight

The earthquake in Haiti is drawing attention to the U.S. Senate candidate whose congressional district includes the most Haitian-Americans in the country: Kendrick Meek.

Meek's potentially historic Senate bid has received limited press because he isn't in a competitive primary, and the fierce Republican contest between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio has dominated the headlines.

As a sitting member of Congress who represents many Haitian-Americans and has visited the island a number of times, Meek is expected to be out front at this time. But as a Senate candidate, he has to be careful not to appear to be exploiting the disaster.

Meek's campaign put out a statement directing people to the Red Cross link on his campaign web site. The campaign also promoted his appearances last night on CNN's Larry King Live and Anderson Cooper and his appearances today on CNN and MSNBC.

"We want to raise awareness of the situation through any means possible,'' said Meek's campaign manger, Abe Dyk, adding that the campaign's press list is broader than the congressional press list.

The Crist and Rubio campaigns have also directed supporters to relief agencies.