Meek: “Leadership isn’t being in Pensacola to see the first drop of oil.”

I spoke yesterday with Congressman Kendrick Meek, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Meek was in New York City and had just finished an interview on MSNBC, where he talked about the BP oil disaster.

We talked about the mismanagement of the Vessels of Opportunity program and the lack of communication between British Petroleum and local officials. Meek said that he had been briefed earlier in the morning by Pensacola Mayor Mike Wiggins, who told him about the damage to the local tourism industry.

Meek promised to use his connections with the White House to ensure the Gulf Coast is not forgotten. He will make the Obama Administration aware of the plight of the commercial fisherman and the charter boats.

“Leadership isn’t being in Pensacola to see the first drop of oil,” said Meek.

Meek is getting major media exposure today:

Time: How Florida’s Forgotten Democrat Could Win the Senate Race

NPR: Florida’s Meek Faces Powerful Rivals For Senate Seat