Senate hopeful Jeff Greene makes one last Tampa stop ahead of primary

08/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday


Tomorrow Democrats across the state will choose their nominee for the US Senate. Self-funded Democratic Senate hopeful Jeff Greene made a quick stop in Tampa today and said it was all about jobs.

Across the country many of this year’s political campaigns seem on the surface to pit wealthy newcomers against experienced politicians. Florida has at least two of these. What happens in tomorrow’s contest for the Democratic nominee for Florida’s open US Senate seat may offer a clue to whether that framework actually means anything. South Florida billionaire Jeff Greene hopes it does.

Speaking at a bakery in Tampa this morning, Greene didn’t say what the other choice was. He’s been engaged in an explosive campaign against US Representative Kendrick Meek, now the top Democrat in the race for that party’s nomination. Greene paints Meek as a well-connected politician who hasn’t been looking out for the interests of Floridians. Greene says his own background demonstrates that he’s more in touch.

The billionaire political newcomer is trailing Representative Meek in the latest polls. Greene said today that he’s still confident that he can win the Democratic nomination.

Greene, who has been under fire for making millions off the housing market as it sputtered as well as being involved in shady real estate dealings, said he would know how to create jobs as a US senator.

Greene added that if he doesn’t win, he will endorse whoever the Democratic nominee is. The other two Democrats in the race are Maurice Ferre and Glenn Burkett.

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