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NOW endorses Kendrick Meek in Senate race



The National Organization for Women's political action committee endorsed Kendrick Meek in the Florida Senate race Thursday.

"Mr. Meek has been a real friend to women's rights in the House of Representatives," said Terry O'Neill, NOW's president, in a conference call with reporters.

Meek said his rivals in the race, who are all men, did not have "stellar records" on women's issues."My track record is solid and I look forward to working with NOW in years to come in the United States Senate," Meek said.

O'Neill said all of the candidates were asked to fill out questionnaires and come in for interviews, but Meek's record on reproductive rights, gay issues, violence against women and maternity care swayed NOW's members.

Meek said voters were concerned by Democratic rival Jeff Greene's description of Heidi Fleiss as a "business woman."

"For him to call someone who ran a prostitution ring a business woman is offensive to women," Meek said. "I know that is not in my background."

Asked about Mike Tyson serving as Greene's best man at his wedding, O'Neill said that was not a factor in the endorsement.

"I don't think anybody should be guilty by association," she said.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:19am]


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