The Washington Post offers its most comprehensive profile to-date of Senate candidate Jeff Greene.
“We’re flying right over our house!” Greene said excitedly. “See the one with the swimming pool right on the water, with the tennis court behind it? That’s our house!”
In any other year, Florida voters might have written off the frenetic, unpolished candidacy of the 55-year-old billionaire as yet another footnote in the list of fabulously rich businessmen who self-fund a run for higher office in midlife. Voters may still do just that.
But Greene’s campaign for the Democratic nomination is looking less quixotic by the day. For the August primary, he has spent more than $4 million on advertising, including in media markets outside of Florida, and has caught up in the polls with four-term congressman Kendrick Meek, a political scion with the party’s backing. Greene has hired the political consultants behind John Edwards’s 2008 presidential campaign and the pollster behind New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, an independent. The plane — replete with polished wood paneling, bed, sofa and kitchenette — served a political point: Greene’s wealth meant he was beyond the establishment and couldn’t be bought.
Floridians, he hopes, will see him as a credible insurgent and jobs creator with a compelling story. He also hopes that they overlook a few milestones in his unusual biography. Continue reading here.