Democrats Pushing for Unity in Florida Elections

By Bryan Levine
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Fresh off their victories in the primaries, the Democratic Party leaders of Florida wasted no time trying to rile up Central Florida, Saturday, Aug. 28.

Headlined by gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, and U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick, unity was the most important dynamic pushed by the Democrats at the Accountability 2010 Unity Rally at the University of Central Florida.

According to the candidates, this is the most important election in over 120 years because there haven’t been this many vacancies of major political positions in Florida since the 1880s.

For the three most important vacant positions, Governor, Senator and Attorney General, the Democrats feel they finally have the right candidates to sweep the ticket.

Pressing issues such as offshore drilling and woman’s rights, Kendrick Meek showed no lack of confidence heading into what should be a very close race. His opponents are former Republican, now Independent, Governor Charlie Crist and Republican Congressman Marco Rubio.

“I don’t know if those guys want to stand next to me, because I’m gonna look like Shaq next to them,” said Meek. This received a loud ovation according to The St. Petersburg Times.

The rally was lead by Mayor of Orlando, Buddy Dyer, who pumped up the hundreds of people within UCF’s Pegasus Ballroom.

With special guests such as Senator Bill Nelson, Congressman Alan Grayson and former Attorney General Nominee Dave Aronberg, the members of the Democratic party fully endorsed their colleagues.

Supported by his potential Senate partner, Nelson, Meek immediately made it clear what he does and does not stand for. Just days after beating opponent Jeff Greene in the Democratic Primaries, the current Congressman transitioned into the race with two new opponents.

Alex Sink talked about her opponent, Rick Scott, and compared her record to his.

Sink remained consistent with the other democrats on the ticket on issues such as continuing with President Obama’s health care plan.

Sink said she would like to run a state-wide education reform and feels, as a mother of children who graduated from Florida public schools, she is very qualified to do so.

Stressing the importance of a unified party, all of the speakers urged supporters to get involved.