Florida Democrats Face Contested Senate Primary

The race to succeed Senator Mel Martinez in the US Senate is about to get a new entrant:

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, confirms that she is launching an exploratory campaign for U.S. Senate, and said an internal statewide poll shows her comfortably ahead of any Democratic contender including Kendrick Meek.

“Experience,” she said, when asked why the 17-year U.S. House member would be a stronger candidate than Meek. “I like Kendrick and I love his mother but this is about making sure we have someone at the table when we’re talking about energy, we’re talking about education, we’re talking about jobs, we’re talking about health care.”

And likely Republican nominee Charlie Crist? “I just think the state needs more than someone who’s there to talk a great game, smile and take pictures. The key is to deliver for the people of Florida.”

If there’s one thing that can safely be said about Ms. Brown, it’s that she will never be accused of talking a great game. In fact, here she is attempting to do just that:

If Ms. Brown should earn the nomination and face off against Republican Marco Rubio, it will provide an interesting contrast:

I have no idea whether to believe Brown when she says that she polls comfortably ahead of Meek. Even if she does, Florida Democrat leaders seem likely to support Meek for the nomination. Still, if she should earn the nomination, it will be hard to make the case that Republicans needed to pull Charlie Crist away from a run for reelection as Governor, and draft him into the Senate race.