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Kendrick, it's Charlie. Hey, buddy, think you can do me a favor?



On Friday, Kendrick Meek played a voice mail message for an Associated Press reporter that he said was left by Charlie Crist on his cell phone shortly before 5 a.m. Monday. In it, Crist said he missed Meek's call from the previous evening, and that he was going to be at a campaign event where both would be speaking later that day.

"Anyway I'll call you later this morning and see if we can work out a time to get together," Crist said in the recording. "Just you and me. Take care, buddy. Appreciate it."

When they met up, Meek said Crist asked him to consider dropping out of the race. "I responded absolutely not, that he should probably consider doing it," Meek said.

If that weren't bizarre enough. Meek told the Wall Street Journal that Crist offered him a cross and asked him to "pray" about whether to stay in the race. The venue: a American Israel Public Affairs Committee gathering Monday in Hollywood.

"I was shocked when he did it," Meek told the Wall Street Journal in an interview late Friday. "I told him to keep the cross and that I carry my Christianity in my heart."

[Last modified: Friday, October 29, 2010 10:06pm]


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