Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) might not want to hear this one, but it sounds like national Democrats aren’t all that keen on his ability to beat Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) in that state’s Senate race.
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on Tuesday sat down with reporters to go over the 2010 Senate campaign outlook. He talked about the challenges the GOP has, when he offered this:
"I'd hate to be the Republicans with six open seats -- four in which we have candidates we think can win up and running."
Well, Democrats don’t yet have a candidate in Kansas, where Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) is running for governor. And the only other open-seat race Menendez could reasonably have excluded from that group of four is Florida, where Crist is a strong favorite but Meek is raising good money as well. All four of the other open-seat races are generally considered to be toss-ups at this point.
Meek might be a long shot, but he’s the leading Democratic candidate, and most observers still think he’s within the realm of possibility. Plus, the state is a key swing state to be giving up for dead at this point.
UPDATE: DSCC spokesman Eric Schultz said Menendez "misspoke -- he meant five."