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Jeff Greene, the billionaire, has a cash bar at his campaign party



From what you heard and read about Jeff Greene, you'd expect celebrities, champagne, zoo animals -- something -- to distinguish Greene's election night party Tuesday.

But supporters walked into a largely austere event.

Greene picked a run-of-the-mill Marriott in West Palm Beach over The Breakers, the iconic Palm Beach oceanfront resort where Greene worked as a bus boy.

The ballroom was set up like Greene was hosting a seminar instead of a party, with six rows of chairs filling the middle of the room pointed at the lectern. Campaigns usually leave the middle of the ballroom open so people can stand and mingle.

And for a man who according to required financial disclosure forms could have assets topping more than $2 billion, Greene didn't even spring for free drinks. Wine and cocktails, after the first drink, cost $8.

No Mike Tyson, either, who served as Greene's best man. And, for the record, no deckhands spotted from Greene's 145-yacht the Summerwind.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:23am]


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