During the Dems’ much much-written-about conference call today with reporters to dispel rumors that U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek was pondering dropping out of the three-way race with Republican Marco Rubio and independent Charlie Crist, state Sen. Chris Smith was quoted as saying that the Crist campaign was spreading the rumors. But there was no reaction from Crist’s people. So the Independent asked for one.

Crist spokesman Danny Kanner responded:

We have nothing to do with those discussions. That said, Charlie Crist is the only candidate who can bring common sense Democrats, Republicans, and independents together to defeat the extreme Tea Party agenda of Marco Rubio, and then deliver bipartisan results for working families in the United States Senate.

You May Also Like

State senators voice frustration with E-Verify: News. Politics. Media

During last year's election, then-candidate Rick Scott pledged to increase immigration enforcement at the state level. He began fulfilling that pledge on his first day as governor, signing an executive order requiring the state to verify that new hires are eligible to work in the United States using E-Verify. On Monday, during the first of three informational meetings on immigration, state senators — including some who support the use of the program, which is offered to employers by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — expressed frustration with some of the system's limitations.

Consortium for Ocean Leadership to host gulf restoration roundtable in D.C. next week

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force on Wednesday released its comprehensive preliminary strategy for long-term restoration. Next Tuesday, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and COMPASS (Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea) will host a roundtable discussion to further delve into the strategy, and discuss what can be done on a policy level. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will be sponsoring the event.