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Kendrick Meek's morning: on the air with Bubba the Love Sponge



Kendrick Meek's primary eve started off different -- in a room with a stripper pole talking about Gold Bond medicated foot powder.

The venue: the radio set of Tampa Bay area shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.

Clem, who hosts a show on Sirius satellite radio and several Florida FM stations, told listeners he voted for Meek over Jeff Greene. At different times during a 30-minute interview, Clem called Greene a "bozo," a "dirt bag" and a "snake in the grass."

Meek, naturally, seemed at ease in the setting.

He talked about playing special teams on the football team at Florida A&M University, where his task was essentially to try and take out the opponent's blockers.

And he joked about his dyslexia, saying it made writing speeding tickets as a Florida Highway Patrol trooper more interesting. That prompted one of Clem's co-hosts to suggest Meek just gave Greene ammunition for a new attack ad in an already bitter primary fight: "Kendrick Meek ... He's dyslexic."

Meek also again hit Greene over his making hundreds of millions of dollars through credit default swaps, an investment that paid out when people were unable to pay their mortgages.

"You don't put your dollars against Floridians and then turn around and use those same dollars and say. 'Hey I'm going to be for you,' " Meek said.

Later -- in a more starchy setting -- Meek made his case in a live satellite interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd before swinging by the West Tampa Sandwich Shop to greet voters.

Clinton Paris, 44, of Valrico, saw Meek standing talking to television reporters at the corner of Armenia and Douglas streets and stopped so his 9-year-old son Temperance could meet Meek.

"I told him I think you're going to make history, and I wanted him to meet you," Paris told Meek, who would be the first African-American from Florida elected to the U.S. Senate.

Meek was heading to Orlando on Monday afternoon, before returning to South Florida for the evening.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:22am]


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