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Dem Candidates in U.S. Senate Race Release New Ads

July 12, 2010 - 6:00pm


With six weeks to go until the primary, the two leading Democrats battling it out for their partys nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by George LeMieux released new commercials to hit Floridas airwaves.

U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek launched a new commercial that comes at a crucial time, as he is stuck in third place in the polls -- far behind likely Republican candidate former House Speaker Marco Rubio and independent Gov. Charlie Crist, and fighting for his political life against billionaire Jeff Greene for the Democratic nomination.

In the commercial, Meek plays up his Democratic credentials, looking to shore-up defectors from the party who are backing Gov. Charlie Crist and reminding voters that Jeff Greene ran for the U.S. House as a Republican back in the 1980s.

Meek brought out legendary Democratic strategist James Carville to write supporters, introducing the new ads.

Let me tell you something: I am looking at this Florida Senate race, and, boy, are there a couple of characters in there trying to pull a fast one on you, wrote Carville. First, we have Jeff Greene, a former Republican candidate for the House of Representatives, masquerading as a Democrat. On top of that, we have Charlie Crist flip-flopping on every issue in an attempt to hide his GOP past. Well, the trickery stops now.

The Greene campaign responded on Tuesday afternoon.

"Kendrick Meek is desperately trying to change the subject away from his corruption scandals and failure as a career Washington politician," said Luis Vizcaino, a spokesman for Greene. "He is a double failure. Meek failed the middle class on the housing crisis and failed the middle class on the financial crisis. Under his watch - 700,000 jobs were lost in Florida. He is a complete and utter failure."

Greene struck back with an ad released on Tuesday playing up his family connections to the Sunshine State which Meek has questioned. The ad features Greene, his wife and his young son.

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