(CNN) – A new ad is raising the stakes in an already increasingly negative battle for the Democratic Senate nomination in Florida.
Rep. Kendrick Meek's campaign announced Monday they're releasing a new television commercial that slams billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene, who jumped into the race earlier this year.
"Meet the real Jeff Greene: Ran for Congress as a California Republican. Moved to Florida two years ago. Became a billionaire on Wall Street betting middle class families would lose their homes. Helped fuel the economic meltdown. Warren Buffett called Greene's scheme 'financial weapons of mass destruction'," says the narrator in the ad.
Greene, 55, made millions investing in real estate and multiplied that money by investing in credit-default swaps during the real estate bubble of recent years. He rebuffs Meek's charges that he made his fortune on the backs of the Sunshine State's suffering homeowners.
(CNN) – Jeff Greene, the billionaire real estate investor running for Senate in Florida as a Democrat, has lost his campaign manager.
Josh Morrow, who's been at the helm of Greene's campaign for two months, decided to step down from his post, Greene spokesman Luis Vizcaino confirmed to CNN.
"He did what he wanted to do to help Jeff win," Vizcaino said. "He helped put together the plan and we look forward to executing it."
Washington (CNN) – The bitter Democrat-versus-Democrat race to become Florida's next senator on Tuesday saw a new salvo, with one candidate slamming his opponent as a "carpetbagger" who is trying "to buy Florida's senate seat."
Rep. Kendrick Meek's campaign has also said that Jeff Greene has lived in Florida for such a short time that he would be ineligible to run for other key statewide offices.
Meek's campaign made the charges in a campaign statement released Tuesday. Meek and Greene are locked in a battle for the Democratic senate nomination that will be decided in a late August primary.
The winner will vie for Florida's senate seat in a three-way race against Gov. Charlie Crist, who abandoned the Republican Party for an independent bid, and Republican Marco Rubio, the former Florida House Speaker.
The statement from Meeks' campaign references a website that, it says, "Confirms that Greene didn't live here long enough to run for any statewide office."
"…Jeff Greene decided to run for political office in Florida after only living here for two years," the statement says, adding that Greene "asks middle class Floridians to trust him, but why would they?"
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Republican turned independent Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a bill on Friday that he said "places an inappropriate burden on women seeking to terminate a pregnancy."
The bill would have required a woman to have a mandatory ultrasound - and pay for it - before having an abortion. Women would have also had to view the live image and listen to the doctor describing the fetus.
"Individuals hold strong personal views on the issue of life, as do I," Crist wrote in a letter to Florida's Department of State. "However, personal views should not result in laws that unwisely expand the role of government and coerce people to obtain medical tests or procedures that are not medically necessary."
Crist states that "such action would violate a woman's right to privacy."
"There are many medical or fiscal barriers that could be placed upon a woman in order to prevent her from following through on her constitutionally protected decision to end a pregnancy. However, such measures do not change hearts, which is the only true and effective way to ensure that a new life coming into the world is loved, cherished, and receives the care that is deserved," Crist wrote.
(CNN) – Jeff Greene, the billionaire real estate investor running for Senate in Florida, is rebuffing his Democratic primary opponent's charges that he made his fortune on the backs of the Sunshine State's suffering homeowners.
Greene, who joined the Senate race last Friday, has promised to spend whatever it takes to win the seat. He made hundreds of millions of dollars by speculating against the real estate market before it collapsed.
His primary opponent, Rep. Kendrick Meek, has dismissed Greene's candidacy as a novelty act and accused him of profiting off the many foreclosures dragging down Florida's housing market.
In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Greene said Meek is trying to "distort the truth."