Loving the Miami Heat!
No, not that Miami Heat! I'm referring to the Miami Florida heat rising up about Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) who pulled his cosponsorship of two bills important to Public Citizen - the Single-Payer Health Care for All bill (HR 646), and the TRADE Act (HR 3012).
Meek waited until he'd wrapped up key labor endorsements, and until his main primary opponent dropped out, then signed off both bills.
Peter Cohn reports for Congress Daily (Oct 30th; subscription only):
On Oct. 21, he withdrew his support from the bill, sparking a conflagration his office is still trying to put out. Meek had a conference call the following day with around 40 Florida labor officials to thank them for their support; instead, the labor officials erupted with anger over his move, according to people on the call.
Labor leaders are furious that Meek would pull such a move. Cohn's report goes on:
It remains to be seen whether Meek's siding with corporate interests over his base will be an obvious trend in his campaign. If so you, you can bet it'll be a disappointing November for Florida Democrats.
(Disclaimer: Public Citizen has no preference among candidates.)
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