Jeff Greene, Kendrick Meek get nasty during Bay News 9 debate airing Monday

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From Adam Smith: For two candidates who disagree on so little, it’s striking that Jeff Greene and Kendrick Meek can loathe each other so much. The animosity between the U.S. Senate Democratic primary candidates was abundantly clear in a combative debate Sunday that will be televised on Bay News 9 tonight in Tampa Bay and News Channel 13 in Orlando.

The billionaire “outsider,” Greene, cast his opponent as Exhibit A of Washington’s “culture of corruption,” while a livid U.S. Rep. Meek slammed Greene as an untrustworthy phony.

“It’s a clear choice,” said Greene, a Palm Beach real estate mogul, who emerged from nowhere to become the front-runner after spending millions on TV ads. “He’s a career politician, involved in some corruption scandals, taking special interest money. … I’m an outsider. My whole life I’ve been in the business world, I’ve created jobs. … I’m not going to take a penny of special interest money.”

Said Meek: “It’s ridiculous that someone would even question my ethics when he has so many issues himself.” Continue reading here

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