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Dems rally around Kendrick Meek

Two other Democrats may have jumped into the Senate race -- and a third is making noise -- but Democrats from Tallahassee to DC are rallying around Kendrick Meek, saying Gov. Charlie Crist's expected indie run is good news for the Miami Democrat.

Meek's campaign is sending out releases by the hour: Florida congressional Democrats -- with statements of support from Reps. Corrine Brown, Alcee L. Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Kathy Castor, Ron Klein and Ted Deutch; along with state Sen. Nan Rich and state Rep. Ron Saunders; as well as Jose Fernandez, president of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida and SEIU Florida.

The endorsements come even as longshots Maurice Ferre and Kevin Burns make it official that they're running.

"Kendrick Meek is the clear winner today," Wasserman Schultz said. "Throughout this campaign, Kendrick is focused on the most critical issue of the day, bringing new and long-term jobs to Florida. The petty bickering between Governor Crist and Speaker Rubio is not what Florida needs. We must have a hands-on leader who knows what it means to work hard and represent everyday people. The Governor's agenda is personal and political, while Speaker Rubio is dedicated to imposing a rigid philosophical agenda on Florida that is out of the mainstream."