Kendrick Meek's primary challenge emerges
The worst-kept secret is out: Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre is announcing tomorrow via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube video, and old-fashioned press release that he is challenging Kendrick Meek for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
Ferre, who is Puerto Rican, is hoping to appeal to the estimated half a million Hispanic Democrats in Florida. He's hired a Hispanic political strategist for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Freddy Balsera, as his communications consultant. "How many Democrats are received with open arms on Radio Mambi?'' Balsera asked. "This primary is not locked up."
Here's a draft of his statement Maurice Ferre For U S Senate release -, which shows the 74-year-old Ferre's challenge: reinforcing his decades of political experience while portraying himself as a fresh-faced candidate.