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Meek gets AFL-CIO endorsement to himself

Florida's largest union, the AFL-CIO, is giving a "full'' endorsement to the leading Democratic candidate in the Senate race, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami, says the Florida Democratic Party. Business as usual, you say, for the union to back the Democratic frontrunner? Not in the unpredictable 2010 election. Yesterday, the teachers union decided to split its endorsement between Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-independent candidate.

"Today, we would like to applauded Kendrick Meek for winning the backing of Florida's working families represented by the AFL-CIO,'' the party says in a statement. "This news is a huge blow to lifelong Republican Charlie Crist's opportunistic attempts to transform himself once again.''