Florida Rep. Meek gets fundraising assist from President Clinton

The Senate campaign of Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) sent out a fundraising appeal via e-mail Friday from one powerful Democratic surrogate: former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonIf Smithsonian ever includes Clarence Thomas, it should be alongside Anita Hill The Hill's 12:30 Report Clinton needs to address Trump's tax-cut mythology MORE

In the e-mail, Clinton appeals to donors to help Meek meet his $100,000 fundraising goal for the quarter, which ends June 30.

From the e-mail:

"Kendrick has spent the last two decades faithfully serving the people of Florida, staying true to his core beliefs and giving everything he has to improving the lives of others. Now he's running against multiple opponents for the U.S. Senate.

"I know a little something about three-candidate races. I believe that Kendrick Meek is the best candidate, and that he's got a real shot at winning, but only if he gets our help now."

Meek, who is in a competitive Democratic primary against self-funder Jeff Greene, is in need of a boost. In a hypothetical three-way race with Independent Charlie Crist and Republican Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: GOP Congress could go in different direction than Trump Poll: Clinton holds 4-point lead in Florida Republicans, it's time to stop asking 'What would Reagan do?' MORE, Meek is polling third. And some state and national Democrats have started warming to Crist's independent bid.

Meek supported Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump touts Navy expansion proposal in Pa. Matt Schlapp: 5 post-debate reasons Trump is still in it Five takeaways from money race MORE's presidential campaign.