Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) was the first of Florida's Senate candidates to react Tuesday to a federal court decision that blocked the temporary deep-water drilling moratorium imposed by President Barack Obama.
"Today's ruling by a Louisiana judge to block the six-month drilling moratorium is alarming and unwise," Meek said in a statement. "BP's massive oil spill more than justifies airing on the side of caution over false comfort. If this is not adequate reasoning, I don't know what is."
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the administration will appeal the decision.
Democrat Jeff Greene said he stands with President Obama in his decision to appeal the ruling. "It's an outrage that at a time when America's workers, employers and environment have been devastated by the catastrophic oil spill by BP, a federal judge would side with big oil companies and block this sensible moratorium on deepwater drilling," Greene said in a statement.
The Senate candidate also used the occasion to rip Meek, Gov. Charlie Crist and Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio, "all of who have received money from the oil industry," Greene said in the statement. "I believe that in addition to a moratorium on oil drilling, we should also have a moratorium on campaign contributions by oil companies."
The campaigns of Charlie Crist (I) and Marco Rubio (R) have yet to react to the court's ruling.
The oil spill has emerged as an issue in the Senate race. Gov. Crist has pushed for an amendment to the state constitution that would permanently ban drilling off the Florida coast — a position Rubio opposed. Both Meek and Greene have said they would support a permanent ban.