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Meek's petition drive in the homestretch

The March 29 deadline is looming for U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek to collect 112,476 signatures and make history as the first statewide candidate to qualify for the ballot through a petition drive. (Most candidates pay a fee.)

In the final push for signatures, the Miami congressman will rally with supporters this morning at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Boynton Beach.

It's a nice distraction from calls by Republicans for him to join Democratic colleagues and return donations from U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York, who stepped down from his committee chairmanship this week amid ethics investigations. Meek serves on the House Ways and Means committee with Rangel, and both are active in the Congressional Black Caucus. Rangel's PAC gave Meek $5,000 for his 2008 re-election campaign.

Remember the Democratic mantra about the Republican "culture of corruption'' that helped the party take control of Congress and the White House? Read about the shoe on the other foot here.