Graham, Meek blast Crist for opposing Sotomayor listen07/22/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Former Florida Senator Bob Graham blasted Governor Charlie Crist today as being out of the mainstream in Florida for opposing Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
Crist announced yesterday he had not met with the Judge, but said her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee convinced him that he "cannot support" her appointment.
Mel Martinez last week became one of the first of what could be many GOP Senators to announce their support for Sotomayor.
But Cristâ€™s opponent in his primary run for the Republican nomination for Senate, Marco Rubio, opposes her. When asked last week, Crist said he had not been paying attention to the nomination hearings, and had no opinion.
But on Tuesday in a statement, he said he had 'strong concerns that Sotomayor would not strictly and objectively construe the Constitution and lacks respect for the fundamental right to keep and bear arms.'
His possible Democratic Party opponent in next yearâ€™s Senate race, Congressman Kendrick Meek, also took a shot at the governor for his opposition and mocked Cristâ€™s objections on 2nd Amendment grounds.
The comments were made on a conference call where Senator Graham formally endorsed Meek in the Senate race next year.
Graham called Meek a long-distance runner, and said that was in contrast to Governor Crist. He mentioned how Florida law changed in 1968, allowing Governor to run for 2 terms. Since then, he said, there have been 6 Governors in Florida, all of whom ran for re-election. Charlie Crist will be the first not to do so.
But Graham did admit that running as Governor is an advantage for Charlie Crist.
Kendrick Meek is essentially running unopposed in the Democratic race for Senate next year. North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns is also in the race.