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After sitting out primary endorsements, Sen. Ring backs Meek

Broward Democratic state Sen. Jeremy Ring sat on the sidelines in the endorsement game for the U.S. Senate primary. There was some question before the primary about whether Ring would join Democratic Property Appraiser Lori Parrish in endorsing Republican turned independent Gov. Charlie Crist. Ring told us last week that he doesn't think endorsements by elected officials matter much.

But on Friday, Congressman Kendrick Meek -- the victor over billionaire Jeff Greene -- announced that he had secured Ring's endorsement. Here is what Ring said in the press release:

"On Tuesday, Kendrick Meek proved the naysayers wrong, and he'll do it again in November. Kendrick is the Real Democrat in this race and the only candidate who has consistently stood up for middle-class Florida families. My constituents need the very best leaders now more than ever to protect Medicare and preserve Social Security. We don't need just friends of Israel in Washington, but fierce defenders of the Jewish state who advocate strongly on her behalf. The global recession impacts every community I represent and for our state to return to a path of economic recovery, we deserve real leaders in the U.S. Senate like Kendrick Meek. My constituents demand that their elected representatives advocate for Democratic values and Kendrick Meek is that person Florida needs in the U.S. Senate. I know Kendrick will represent my constituents well and I proudly endorse his candidacy."