Report: Charlie Crist to make “major campaign announcement” tomorrow morning
posted at 9:49 pm on October 12, 2010 by Allahpundit
All I have for you is this one-line post from Mark Halperin at Time relaying that it’ll come at 10:30 a.m. in Deerfield Beach. No other news source, including the Florida papers, has anything about it. Could be something innocuous — touting the Schwarzenegger endorsement, maybe — or it could be … farewell?
Farewell to whom, though?
Crist met privately Monday with a group of influential Palm Beach County Democratic clubs, who in turn formally called on Meek to quit the race. The request was supposed to come in a meeting with Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson today, but Meek canceled after learning of the agenda.
“We waited this long to see what’s happened with Kendrick Meek’s fundraising and polling and so forth. I’m 99.8 percent certain it’s hopeless for Meek,” said Jay Weitz, chairman of the People’s Choice PAC, which is made up largely of Democratic clubs representing thousands of voters.
Meek has repeatedly scoffed at the notion that he might bow out. Former President Bill Clinton will be campaigning with him in St. Petersburg and Orlando next week.
Rumors were swirling today that Meek was on his way out but the campaign denies them adamantly. The fact that he scheduled Billy Jeff for next week makes me think he’s in it to win it, or rather, to lose it by as small a margin as possible. In which case, what’s Crist announcement about? Is he dropping out? Why would he do that the day after Schwarzenegger’s endorsement and after meeting with Palm Beach Dems to line up support? My guess is he’s planning to appear with those Democrats by his side and formally call for Meek to get out in hopes of unifying Democrats against Rubio. Either that or he’s going to announce that he plans on caucusing with the Democrats in the Senate if elected, which will shift many of Meek’s voters — but not all — into his column. Remember, according to PPP, a two-way race would be 46/46. I can’t take the pressure.