Nelson going to Haiti

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Of course, no Florida public official has been more aggressive in trying to aid those in Haiti than Miami area Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek, whose district contains many Haitian-Americans.  Meek returned from Haiti earlier this week.

Meek told the Miami Herald earlier this week that leadership was what was needed on the ground to deal with the humanitarian crises.

"It is imperative that we get people who can make decisions on the ground right now,'' he said. ``We have seen in the past how decisions made by committee in Haiti lead to the loss of lives.''

Meanwhile, St. Petersburg blogger Peter Schorsch has a post where he questions how well Meek's petition gathering process to gain access as a Senate candidate is going.   He writes that Meek's efforts are behind where ideally he'd like to be right now in getting access , though obviously being a candidate has played second fiddle to trying to handle his constituents and beyond in Miami.

The Tampa Tribune is reporting on their Web site this afternoon that Florida Democratic U. S. Senator Bill Nelson is flying down to Haiti early tomorrow morning in an effort to speed up the evacuation of Haitian children for life-saving medical procedures.

Nelson tells the Tribune than than 200 children are eligible for quick passage to the U.S.  He says those kids have injuries that are treatable, but will likely die because of a lack of equipment or supplies.

Of course, any elected official who tries to do good can and will be accused of exploiting the situation for political purposes.  However, that doesn't take some of the racists off the hook who have added their ugly comments to's Web site.  Both local dailies have problems with this, but consistently the Tribune readers always never fail to send out some absolute garbage.

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