Today, the Orlando Sentinel published “a column about waste, fraud, abuse and self-destruction by U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek.” The column outlines a bill to reduce costs to Medicare recipients and Rep. Kendrick Meek’s opposition to the bill. The column questions Meek’s opposition to the bill while he received tens of thousands of dollars from Medicare suppliers.
“There is a clear pattern of Congressman Meek putting special interests ahead of the people’s interests: Meek has received money from big oil including BP and voted for off-shore oil drilling – while claiming he hasn’t; he sought millions of dollars in federal earmarks for indicted developer Dennis Stackhouse while his mom was paid consulting fees and given an Escalade and his chief of staff received a loan; Meek took money from Wall Street and lenders while hosting subprime housing fairs which caused the housing crisis; and now we are learning that Rep. Meek attempted to block reduction in Medicare costs while receiving tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from Medicare suppliers. Floridians should be outraged. Meek’s efforts to put special interests over seniors is exactly more of the same corruption and bribery that is typical of career Washington politicians. It must end. I will never take one penny of special interest money and will always put Florida’s seniors and middle class first,” said Jeff Greene.
Today’s Orlando Sentinel column comes on the heels of a Miami Herald article that reports Meek’s legislation to block Medicare reductions is backed by the medical supply industry and opposed by AARP: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/07/10/1723976/meek-greene-spar-over-medicare.html