Meek heads back to Haiti to continue relief efforts

Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) is planning a second trip to Haiti to help with relief efforts, nearly two months after his dramatic overnight trek into the earthquake-ravaged nation.

A spokesman told ITK that the Senate hopeful will make the trip in the next month, and that he'll be focused on assisting with relief and rebuilding efforts now that the immediate rescue stage is over.

Meek was one of the first lawmakers to visit the island in late January, only days after huge portions of the nation were leveled by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake.

Equipped with little more than a backpack, Meek traveled as a private citizen overland from the Dominican Republic into Haiti on an all-night road trip, because Haiti's airports weren't yet fully functional.

The trip earned Meek plenty of media attention, especially after he shot dramatic video footage that aired on cable news.

Meek can count on the support of his newest campaign endorser, President Bill Clinton, who officially endorsed Meek's campaign for Senate on Monday. Clinton shares Meek's concern for the Third World nation, and their relationship goes back nearly 20 years.

In 1992, then-State-Trooper Meek drove then-Arkansas Gov. Clinton (Ark.) from the Miami airport to a campaign event. They hit it off, and the two have remained in touch ever since. (Meek endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.)

Meek's campaign said that while no official campaign events with Clinton are scheduled yet, voters can expect to see the former president on the trail with Meek later this year.