August 24th, 2010
06:04 PM ET
4 years ago

Greene's green fuels Senate campaign in Florida

 Florida Senate candidate Jeff Greene says he'll dig deep if he wins his party's nomination.
Florida Senate candidate Jeff Greene says he'll dig deep if he wins his party's nomination.

West Palm Beach, Florida (CNN) - Jeff Greene has deep pockets, and just hours before the polls closed Tuesday in Florida, this billionaire real estate investor, turned unlikely Democratic Senate contender, vowed to dig deep if he wins his party's nomination.

That's right - continue to dip into his personal fortune to fund his campaign.

"I will spend whatever it takes to get our message out, and it will be a clear message: a self-made businessman gets results against two career Republican politicians, Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio," Greene said in an interview Tuesday afternoon.

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Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Jeff Greene • Marco Rubio
August 23rd, 2010
09:39 AM ET
4 years ago

Meek, McCollum lead in Florida, but many voters remain undecided

Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek has a ten point lead over Jeff Greene.
Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek has a ten point lead over Jeff Greene.

Washington (CNN) - Only one day of campaigning remains before Florida primary voters go to the polls, and with time running out a new poll reveals that massive numbers of voters remain undecided even after months of tough politicking.

Rep. Kendrick Meek holds a 39 percent to 29 percent lead over billionaire Jeff Greene in the Democratic Senate primary, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning. But 28 percent of likely Democratic voters say they are undecided in this contest.

In the marquee Republican match-up, Attorney General Bill McCollum holds a 39 percent to 35 percent lead over health care executive Rick Scott in the Republican gubernatorial primary. In that race, 22 percent of GOP voters say they have yet to choose a candidate.

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Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek
August 19th, 2010
08:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Crist maintains lead in Florida

 Crist is ahead in Florida.
Crist is ahead in Florida.

(CNN) – A new poll in Florida suggests Gov. Charlie Crist is maintaining his lead over Republican Marco Rubio and either Democratic candidate in the battle for that state’s Senate seat less than three months before Election Day.

The Quinnipiac University survey shows Crist, who is running as an independent, leading Rubio by a 39-32 percent margin. Rep. Kendrick Meek, who is currently in a primary contest with businessman Jeff Greene for the Democratic nomination, registers 16 percent in the poll.

If Greene should prevail in the Democratic primary, he wins 15 percent of support in a general election matchup with Crist at 40 percent and Rubio at 32 percent, the poll shows.

Listen as CNN's Dick Uliano and Senior Political Editor Mark Preston discuss why Republicans are spending a fortune on a Florida Senate race.

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Filed under: Charlie Crist • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio
August 18th, 2010
09:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: McCollum, Meek retake leads in Florida

 Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek has retaken the lead in the Sunshine State’s Democratic Senate primary.
Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek has retaken the lead in the Sunshine State’s Democratic Senate primary.

(CNN) – The two political veterans in Florida's closely-watched primaries have each regained the lead in their respective races, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum has retaken the lead from former insurance industry executive Rick Scott in the battle for the GOP nomination for governor. McCollum holds a 44 to 35 percent lead over Scott, who held an 11-point lead in the same poll just three weeks ago.

Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek has also regained the lead in the Democratic primary over rival Jeff Greene in the Sunshine State's Senate race, holding a 35-28 percent lead. Greene held a 10-point lead in the most recent Quinnipiac poll.

Each race remains extremely fluid however: Almost 20 percent of Republican voters are still undecided and 32 percent of the respondents who named a candidate said they could change their mind.

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Filed under: 2010 • Bill McCollum • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek • Polls • Rick Scott
August 17th, 2010
04:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Greene threatens Florida newspapers with lawsuit

,
 Florida Senate candidate Jeff Greene says he'll sue two Florida newspapers if they don't retract three stories they've published about him.
Florida Senate candidate Jeff Greene says he'll sue two Florida newspapers if they don't retract three stories they've published about him.

(CNN) - Florida Senate candidate Jeff Greene is a billionaire real estate investor who has spent millions to fund his primary campaign against fellow Democrat, Rep. Kendrick Meek. Now, one week before Florida's primary elections, Greene is preparing to spend his money on a lawsuit against two Florida newspapers if they don't publish lengthy retractions to damning articles they recently published about him.

Greene's lawyer has demanded the St. Petersburg Times and the Miami Herald publish the retractions to correct three articles the newspapers published earlier this month. The articles were written by St. Petersburg Times reporters and were first printed by the Tampa-area newspaper. The Miami Herald printed the articles shortly thereafter. The papers have a working partnership and often share resources to cover state news.

Times editor Neil Brown said last week that no retraction is forthcoming, and Greene is expected to follow through, potentially as early as Friday.

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Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Jeff Greene
August 16th, 2010
06:52 PM ET
4 years ago

Star Jones hits the phones for Jeff Greene

 Star Jones, formerly a host on the daytime talk show 'The View,' recorded a robocall for Florida Democratic candidate Jeff Greene.
Star Jones, formerly a host on the daytime talk show 'The View,' recorded a robocall for Florida Democratic candidate Jeff Greene.

(CNN ) – While former President Bill Clinton is in Florida campaigning for Rep.Kendrick Meek, Meek's opponent in the state's Democratic Senate primary, billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene, is getting help from another big name.

Lawyer and television personality Star Jones–formerly a host on the daytime talk show, "The View"–recorded a robocall for Greene that's going out to Florida households starting Monday.

"My friend Jeff Greene is unbeholden to any special interest group, corporate entity or government lobbyist," Jones says in the call. "And as an attorney that means something to me."

Listen to the call after the jump:
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Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek • Star Jones
August 14th, 2010
02:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Crist backs Obama on controversial Islamic center

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist backed President Obama Saturday, saying the President's statement on a plan to build a controversial Islamic center and mosque near ground zero was correct.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist backed President Obama Saturday, saying the President's statement on a plan to build a controversial Islamic center and mosque near ground zero was correct.

Panama City, Florida (CNN) – In a boost for President Obama on a red-hot controversy, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist told CNN Saturday that he fully supports Obama's decision to back construction of an Islamic center and mosque near New York's ground zero.

"I think he's right - yeah," Crist, who was elected governor as a Republican but is now running for Senate as an independent candidate, told CNN. "We are a country in my view that stands for freedom of religion. You know, respect for others. I know there are sensitivities and I understand that, but I think Mayor Bloomberg is right and I think the President is right."

Crist offered his support in a brief interview as he waited for Obama to arrive at a U.S. Coast Guard station for a presidential visit aimed at boosting tourism in the Gulf region, which has suffered economically as a result of the BP oil spill – the worst in American history.

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Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • issues • Jeff Greene • President Obama
August 8th, 2010
07:06 PM ET
4 years ago

Greene's ethics challenges a 'stunt,' Meek camp says

(CNN) – The increasingly bitter battle for Florida’s Democratic Senate nomination reached a new height Sunday as billionaire Jeff Greene called Rep. Kendrick Meek’s ethics into question and urged his opponent to call for the resignation and return contributions from embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York.

A Meek campaign spokesman fired back calling Greene’s latest move a “stunt” intended to distract attention away from Greene’s recent political setbacks.
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Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek
July 30th, 2010
09:04 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Crist still on top in 3-way Senate battle

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is leading Marco Rubio and Jeff Greene in a hypothetical Florida Senate race, according to a new poll.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is leading Marco Rubio and Jeff Greene in a hypothetical Florida Senate race, according to a new poll.

(CNN) – Florida Gov. Charlie Crist remains on top in a three-way battle for the Senate, according to a new poll. And a Quinnipiac University survey released Friday also indicates that strong name recognition and a positive approval rating may be helping Crist as he makes an independent bid for the state's open Senate seat.

Thirty-seven percent of Florida voters questioned in the poll say they'll back Crist, with 32 percent supporting former Sunshine State House Speaker Marco Rubio, the presumptive Republican nominee, 17 percent backing billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene, a Democratic Senate candidate, and 14 percent undecided.

If four-term Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek wins the August 24 primary, the poll indicates Crist at 39 percent, Rubio at 33 percent, Meek at 13 percent, and 15 percent undecided. According to a Quinnipiac survey released Thursday, Greene leads Meek by ten points with 35 percent undecided, in an increasingly bitter Democratic primary battle.

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Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio
July 29th, 2010
08:32 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Outsiders on top in Florida primary contests

(CNN) – Less than a month before Florida's primaries, a new poll suggests the so-called "outside" candidates lead in the two competitive contests for senator and governor.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday, billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene leads four-term Rep. Kendrick Meek 33 percent to 23 percent among likely Democratic primary voters in the Senate battle, with former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre at four percent. But the poll indicates 35 percent are undecided and more than half of those who say they prefer a candidate also say they might change their mind before the August 24 primary.

Last month Greene, who jumped into the race earlier this year, trailed Meek by two points in Quinnipiac polling.

The primary battle between the two candidates has turned increasingly bitter this summer, with both campaigns running negative television commercials. And Meek now tells reporters that he may not support Greene if his opponent wins the Democratic nomination.

The primary winner will face off against former Florida House speaker Marco Rubio, the likely Republican nominee, and Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now running for the Senate as an independent candidate after dropping out of a battle with Rubio for the GOP nomination. Most recent polls indicate that Crist has a narrow lead over Rubio, with either Meek or Green a distant third.

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Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek • Polls
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