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Kendrick Meek's campaign: In the end, teachers won't stick with Charlie Crist



Meek2 In the wake of the Senate Bill 6 veto, teachers may be swooning over Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and promising to support him in his bid for a U.S. Senate seat. But come November, they'll be voting for Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek, the candidate who has consistently supported them and the Florida Education Association for years, the Meek campaign said today.

"At the end of the day, teachers and Democrats in general will know who has stood with them, in good times and bad, and who has stood with them when politics was the backdrop," Meek campaign spokesman Adam Sharon told the Gradebook.

For the better part of three years, Crist supported virtually every major plank in former Gov. Jeb Bush's education agenda. But then came a fall in the polls - and Senate Bill 6. Now teachers are talking about thanking Crist with their vote, and at least 15 from Pinellas are expected to share the stage with him when he makes his big announcement tonight.

Meanwhile, Meek, who led the effort for the 2002 class-size amendment, has been all but forgotten.

That's fine," Sharon said. "The election's on Nov. 2, not April 29."

"There's been an afterglow to the veto (but) it's something that should have never gotten to that point," he continued. "The governor chose to stand by instead of lead and it got to that point."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:00am]


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