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White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s fundraising dinner hosted for Florida Democratic Senatorial candidate Kendrick Meek was called a success in garnering Democratic support for the four-term House representative.
Emanuel called Meek "the real Democrat" in his primary contest against self-funder, Jeff Greene. Some Democrats, including a couple members of the Congressional Black Caucus, have accused President Barack Obama as not being vocal enough of his support for Meek.
Obama officially endorsed him earlier in the year, but has not held a fundraiser or campaign event for Meek as of yet.
However, in an e-mail that went out ahead of Monday's fundraiser with Emanuel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), wrote, "Make no mistake about it, I am supporting Kendrick Meek for U.S. Senate in Florida, and so is President Obama."
He added, "President Obama's support is why Rahm Emanuel will be attending a fundraiser for Kendrick today to help ensure a real hardworking Democrat is elected to the U.S. Senate.”
Meek is hoping to become the first elected black Senator since Obama moved on from his seat in Illinois.