With dozens of people waiting in line, in the middle of August, in the heat, to get into a rally in Delray Beach, the question had to be asked: Are you here to see former President Bill Clinton or Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek?
"Bill. I have to be honest,'' said Marilyn Edelstein, 70, of Boynton Beach, who was resting against a car in the parking lot of the Pompey Park Community Center. "But I'm interested in Kendrick too. I'm a true Democrat and I don't know much about him."
Edelstein is exactly the type of voter the Meek campaign hopes today's Clinton rallies will drive to the polls, in what is expected to be a low-turnout primary election. Meek has been vastly outgunned on television by rival Jeff Greene, a billionaire bankrolling his own campaign,
Marcia Savich and Annette Steinberg, both of Boynton Beach, also said Clinton was the main attraction in Delray Beach.
"He has so much charisma. He's so smart!'' Savich said. "Nobody I know has heard of Meek."
"Wasn't his mother a congresswoman?'' asked Steinberg, vaguely recalling Meek's mother, former U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek.
"Get your water he-ere!'' yelled a Meek staffer in his best impersonation of a stadium concessionaire to the sweaty folks in line.