What's Kendrick Meek done in Congress?
But Meek, 43, has never fully assumed the starring role some thought was his destiny. After four terms, his legislative record tilts more toward rank-and-file than standout.
That reality confronts Meek as he strains for attention in a race dominated by better known and more well-financed opponents who question his effectiveness....
"It's tough for any junior member to get traction unless you decide to throw rocks or set off cherry bombs," said Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute. "What Meek did was build a strong reputation as a diligent, attractive, articulate, nose-to-the-grindstone team player. That's a great route to build a career in the body. But it doesn't make it the best way to break out if you're going to run in a big state like Florida."