August 8th, 2010
07:06 PM ET
12 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.

Greene, in a conference call with reporters, pointed to a Miami Herald report in May about questionable dealings between associates of Meek and a Florida developer facing criminal charges. And in the same call Greene challenged Meek to join him in calling for Rangel, who faces a number of ethics charges in the House, to resign as well as return or donate to charity the $5500 the congressman has received in contributions from Rangel’s political operation. Greene also urged Meek to request an ethics investigation into Meek’s dealings with the developer.

“Kendrick Meek is protecting the culture of corruption and bribery that is so prevalent in government today,” Greene said. “Florida needs new leadership that will not be beholden to any special interests.”

Meek spokesman Adam Sharon countered that Greene’s latest move was an attempt to distract attention away from himself, after several days of negative press this past week, including an unflattering profile of Greene published last Sunday in the St. Petersburg Times and multiple reports out Sunday in the St. Petersburg Times and other Florida newspapers about Greene’s ties to a failed California condominium development.

“No matter how hard Jeff Greene tries to change the subject, the spotlight is shining brightly on him and serious questions directed at Greene remain unanswered,” Sharon said. “Today's announcement is but another failed stunt in Jeff Greene's seriously imperiled and now floundering U.S. Senate campaign.”

In a Quinnipiac University poll released late last month, Greene was leading Meek by 10 percentage points among likely Democratic primary voters. The primary takes place August 24, but early voting in Florida begins Monday.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek
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  1. GI Joe

    The GOP is known for their "stunts" – just look at the Florida election that had the Supreme Court crowning Bush king of the u.s.a.

    August 8, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. carlos are just as corrupt as the retards in the NO party.....stop your blamestorm.......APATHETIC you are.

    August 8, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. La Piovra

    Greene, a former California Republican (assuming that in the latter he really is former), made a fortune in the bad-mortgage market. Now he is engaging in thinly veiled race-baiting, an endeavour at which, in these hypocritically bigoted times, he will surely succeed. That will leave us Floridians with the following choices for Senator: Jeff Greene, Marco Rubio, or Charlie Crist. Crist is the only sane and humane candidate of the lot. I urge my fellow Floridians to vote for him and save whatever honorable reputation our state has left.

    August 8, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Don

    Play nice, guys! It really doesn't matter; the Real Americans will vote Republican! DUH!

    August 8, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. Keith in Austin

    The list of ethically-challenged Democrats continues to grow:

    Blago etc. etc. etc.

    Pelosi's swamp is full of Liberals frolicking in a slimey cesspool of
    corruption. Change you can believe in!

    August 8, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. diridi

    just vote whoever is a democrat...than thugs, liars, and nation's spoilers of GOP idiots....we are now in this situation means GOP...root cause...

    August 8, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  7. MAC

    Is this another Tony Resko incident? If it is it will not be investigated and the media will igmore it simce this is about a democrat!

    August 8, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  8. DMVMD

    Barack Obama is the man playing hoops w/NBA guys! I don't care if he's a community organizer over his head...he's surrounded with liberal Harvard elitists & an adoring Chicago inner circle who feed the giant ego & that is what America wants & needs. Maybe he has jammed unpopular (Obamacare) & unproductive ($865 Billion stimulus) policies down the throat of the majority of Americans and even if he is hyper partisan & lacks all unifying leadership skills the mainstream media needs to highlight how cool he is. Even if his reckless spending bankrupts the country for our kids & grand kids, the fact that Barry is "no drama Obama" should trump everything else. Radical LibDems will be able to rule this country forever & minimize all moderates & independents if the media would step up the "campaign" to keep the world in awe of our narcissist in chief.

    August 8, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. PaulC

    The pitiful choices for Gov. and Senator makes me wish for a none of the above and leave the positions vacant.
    I recommend that we downsize the Senate and House until the economy improves and the debt is at least halved.

    August 8, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. works for me

    Excuse me for saying this, but isn't this the pot calling the kettle black?
    Green has made millions off the backs of the people, his people, and the demise of the real estate industry in Florida. He calls them "sound investments". Yea... all at the extreme loss to others.

    Just where is your glass house, Greene?

    August 8, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |