June 17th, 2010
09:20 PM ET
12 years ago

FL Dem. wants ethics probe of opponent, Meek camp: it's a 'stunt'

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Washington (CNN) - It's an unusual campaign tactic: a Florida Democrat running for the Senate is running a television ad against his opponent that will likely never be seen by voters in Florida.
The opponent's campaign dismisses it as nothing more than a political stunt.

The new TV ad was released Thursday by real estate investor Jeff Greene, locked in an increasingly bitter Democratic primary with Rep. Kendrick Meek.

Greene's spot will only run in the Washington area. It mentions the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the U.S. House – the panel that investigates lawmaker ethical or legal lapses.

Greene's campaign wants the committee to investigate Meek for what it calls the "on-going corruption scandal" involving the congressman.

The so-called "scandal" involves Meek's past dealings with Dennis Stackhouse, a real estate developer currently accused of fraud in a project previously proposed for a Miami neighborhood.

The Miami Herald has reported that Meek sought federal funds to help the planned project, in 2004 successfully obtaining a $72,750 federal earmark and in April 2006 requesting another $4 million in federal funds that ultimately was not approved.

The paper also reported other findings: that Stackhouse paid Meek's mother, former Rep. Carrie Meek, $90,000 in consulting fees and provided her a Cadillac Escalade. And, most recently, the Herald reported that police records show that a top Meek staffer received $13,000 from Stackhouse to help buy a house.

Meek campaign spokesman Adam Sharon confirmed the details of the reports.

Sharon also told CNN that Meek has publicly denied any wrongdoing. He noted that Meek did seek federal funds for the Stackhouse project. He pointed CNN to a piece Meek wrote in the Orlando Sentinel where he talked about hoping to revive the depressed area that was slated to receive the project.

Sharon also said Meek did not know that his mother received $90,000 from Stackhouse, saying the congressman only learned of that recently. And Sharon said that the congressman also recently learned that the staffer, whom Sharon said was a district director, received money from Stackhouse.

"Had he [Meek] known, what had happened, he would have fired his district director on the spot," Sharon said.

Regarding the ad from Greene calling for a House ethics investigation of Meek, Sharon called it, "purely political."

"Jeff Greene has built an entire campaign on lies," Sharon said. He questioned Greene's residency in Florida, his allegiance to the Democratic Party and Greene's real estate business that, Sharon claims, was built on the backs of middle-class home owners.

Greene's campaign previously explained to CNN Greene's residency in the state and denied that the candidate profited at the expense of the middle class.

Related: In Dem vs. Dem race, Meek slams Greene as a 'carpetbagger'

Regarding claims that the television ad, and the call for an investigation of Meek, is a political stunt, Greene's campaign is flat out denying that.

"The fact of the matter is, there should be an ethics investigations," Greene campaign spokesman Paul Blank told CNN.

Blank also said the Greene campaign will continue to call for one.

"This is just the beginning," he said.

Filed under: Florida • Kendrick Meek
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. ehwilson429

    Meek is wroong, the stunt in this race is Back Door Charlie.
    Obama's bookend.

    June 17, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. Steph

    haha this is funny stuff! Go Greene! He's sticking it to the establishment crooks. I can't believe someone who calls himself a democrat is actually interested in cleaning up corruption and finding the truth! Greene all the way!

    June 17, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    Don't sweat it Mr. Meek, just use the GOP cure-all and issue a phony apology.

    June 17, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  4. GO Greene

    Hope he wins, just because he's not the chosen one of the Dumb, Nerdy,Clowns

    June 17, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. Obama the liar

    that's just politics as usual in the democrap party.

    June 17, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  6. Larry

    Your own mother receives payment in excess of most Americans' annual salary, plus a Cadillac, and you claim she never mentioned this to you until recently?!? Um, yeah, right.

    June 18, 2010 12:03 am at 12:03 am |

    Yet another example of Dems trying to disenfranchise voters!!

    Enough of these socialist thugs – out with all Dems in November and 2012!!

    June 18, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  8. File under "Sarcasm"

    Talk about being a sore loser, this kind of takes the cake for "absurd and ridiculous"

    June 18, 2010 01:16 am at 1:16 am |