Mr. Obvious says that voters are angry. Some know why but most don’t.
Many believe that as long as the candidate currently holds an office in Washington, they should go. It doesn’t matter if they’re replaced by the extremely rich (Jeff Greene-FL Senate), the horrible ex-CEO (Carly Fiorina CA Senate), the CEO whose company was involved in the largest Medicare Fraud case in United States history (Rick Scott FL Governor) or the candidate with incredibly divisive positions (Sharron Angle NV Senate).
Jeff Greene is rich. Very, very rich. He is on Forbes 400 list. Nobody seems to care how he made his way on this list.
Greene essentially invested in the tanking of the housing market. So as the subprime market fell and millions of Americans lost their homes, Greene found his investment increased by 1400% in 18 months for a nice little profit of $800 million.
There’s nothing illegal or unethical about that. Just a little smarmy.
He is a political outsider though in 1982 Greene ran for Congress in California as a Republican. When Chris Matthews asked Greene if he had voted for Reagan in either 1980 or 1984, he responded that he could not recall. That would be believable had he not run as a Republican during that mid-term election between each of Reagan’s elections.
In 2008, Sarah Palin and the rest of the Republicans started throwing out the name Bill Ayers at President Obama. They said he ‘palled around with terrorists.’ It was debunked however the message still exists. You look at who the candidate associates with and you can determine who they are.
I learned that lesson very young. In my first professional job, I was told to cease talking to one of the employees in the department. They were planning on moving her out and she wasn’t well liked. If I was seen associating with her, I could expect the same fate.
During the 2000 and 2004 elections all we heard was we wanted to elect someone we felt we could have a beer with. Palin was the mom next door. Today we want the political outsider and we don’t care how rich they are.
Some of these ‘outsiders’ will spend more of their personal finances on their elections this year than many of us will earn in our lifetimes.
It seems he is taking his outsider status too far. In fact, he apparently is trying to come off as bipartisan. While speaking to a Sarasota media forum recently Greene said, “Whether I was a Republican or Democrat, who cares?”
Really? Democrats do? And so do Republicans.
Worse still is that if Greene defeats Kendrick Meek in the Democratic Primary this month, he is going to after Governor Charlie Crist’s lack of party affiliation.
Salon wrote a great piece this week on the type of boss Greene is. Read the story here: Jeff Greene is a nightmare boss
Apparently he’s spoiled, abusive and cheap but the worst thing I found out about Greene was a story mentioned in Salon that kind of was brushed over.
A deckhand on Greene’s 145-foot yacht was injured. Greene lied to the insurance company by telling them that deckhand Harlan Hoffman did not work on his yacht.
It took 8 months and legal action to resolve the case and get Hoffman’s bill’s paid.
Insurance fraud is when someone lies to the insurance company in order to get them to pay the bills when they shouldn’t have. What is it called when you lie to the insurance company so they won’t pay the bills in order to keep your rates down?
Greene’s former personal chef, James Battles, sued him last year alleging that Greene ‘demanded round-the-clock attention and would berate and humiliate Battles when he sought reimbursement for food paid for out of his own pocket.’
‘Battles said Greene fired him after he was hospitalized for exhaustion before one of Greene’s parties. The settlement is confidential and Greene declined to discuss the case.
Another example of what we might expect from Greene: During the 2000’s, Greene owned more than 8,000 properties. He threatened to get a city council aide fired who was advocating on behalf of one of Greene’s tenants who complained about the heat and water problems. When threatened to escalate the issue to then Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, Greene responded “Ha, ha, ha. I know Rocky personally. He and his wife were married in my house. I’ll see to it that this council aide will be fired.”
Hollywood director, Richie Cunningham and Opie wouldn’t vote for Greene. During the 1990’s, Ron Howard rented a luxury home owned by Greene when the house was flooded from a leaky roof. [Read story here]
“If you look at the record and the outcome, he committed fraud and that’s why it was so expensive for him. With what I know about Jeff Greene as a tenant, I certainly wouldn’t vote for him, and I wouldn’t relish the idea of him being in the Senate.” – Howard, who won a $616,000 judgment from Greene, said during an interview with the Washington Post.
What is also surprising is that with only a couple of weeks to go until the Florida primary, very little is known about Greene yet he is up by double digits in the polls. The other problem is that most people still know very little about Kendrick Meek as a result Greene and his aggressive advertising campaign is making him a more familiar name.
I’ve seen countless ads and received a number of mailers from Greene. I am still waiting for Meek to show up.
You can be sure that if the Democrats elect Greene as their nominee, Governor Charlie Crist (I) and Marco Rubio (R-Teabagger) will not let Greene off the hook so easily. In fact, they will probably make Greene appear to be a spoiled rich man with a bad temper and no understanding of politics who today has decided he wants to be a senator.
I suspect that Democrats will run from Greene as they learn more about him and wouldn’t be surprised if Obama endorsed Crist in return of Crist’s supporting the Stimulus Package.