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Hastings criticizes Obama's 'poor' treatment of Meek

Politico: Black lawmakers are prodding the White House to get more involved in Florida Senate hopeful Kendrick Meek's campaign amid growing concern that less-than-robust backing from President Barack Obama will signal to Democrats that it’s all right to help independent Charlie Crist.

Rep. Alcee Hastings, a black Florida Democrat, told POLITICO Thursday that he might not work for Obama's re-election if the president doesn't get into gear for Meek — a four-term House member seeking to become the first black candidate elected to the Senate since President Obama won in Illinois in 2004.

"If they do not step up their support for Kendrick, then they cannot expect that I and my allies will support them in 2012," Hastings said, after describing the West Wing's treatment of Meek as "poor."

Hastings and Meek were among a cadre of Sunshine State congressmembers who worked against Obama in the presidential races and who stayed with Hillary Clinton until long after it was clear she had no path to victory.

Rep. Barbara Lee, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said African American lawmakers have made "very clear" to the White House and congressional leaders that black lawmakers expect total support for Meek.

White House officials counter by saying there’s nothing ambiguous about the president’s position: He’s endorsed Meek. And while he's done some work to shore up a handful of incumbent senators in pricy markets around the country, his campaigning for non-incumbents has been almost non-existent so far.

Meek's camp, which otherwise declined to comment for this story, confirmed late Friday that a long-promised fundraiser featuring White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will be held on August 2 – one of fewer than five he's doing for Senate candidates.

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John Koontz

Hopefully, Hastings and the rest of the dirt bags in the House will be looking for new jobs in 2012, so who cares if they do or don't support Obama???


Maybe Obama is paying Charlie Crist back for extending the early voting hours that helped Obama beat McCain in Florida. Since McCain did not pick Charlie for VP, he hitched his train to the Obama express, knowing this day one day would come.


Obama's finance director is working for Charlie.
Londonchica is 100%.
I think it is cute too how Wexler did not get an appointment & then resigned....does Rangle need a buddy in jail

Now Deutch is a clone of Wexler...this is the saddest cover up I have seen in years. Deutch should be smart enough that it is going to come back & bite him in the ass.

True Blue

Alcee, Meek is toast so why waste any effort on him.

November election results:

Crist - 42%

Meek/Greene - 33%

Rubio - 25%

Teabaggers - 0%

Jeb Bush - less than zero.


Obama can't stand Meek as he is in love with his hug buddy Crist. Democrats keep supporting Obama even when he supports their oponents like Crist. Crist will replace Meek as the Obama people sell Meek down the river.

Mitch Seizure

True Blue: You aren't very bright, are you?

world affairs

Jack the god amn tax rate back up and nail corporations to strict regulations again or we can start packing up now for Europe. Let the stupid have america, but before going we should take the Declaration and Constitution with us to remind us what we've been foolishly wiping our as sses with for the last 30 years.

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