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Jeff Greene's muscle

Steel Funny thing about the Democratic billionaire U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene is that I keep finding myself asking questions I never dreamed I'd ask a major candidate: Did the candidate have a romantic relationship with Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss?  Any truth to the book account report that he hired Ukranian strippers for his yacht?

Yesterday, I asked the campaign about Greene's relationship to Eric Lepkofke, aka Steel Chambers, left and right.Turns out Big Steel worked security for Greene in 2008 and 2009 in California, where Greene's debaucherous parties were so famous that Vanity Fair wrote about them in 2003, including Moroccon "love den" in his 12,000-square-foot Hollywood Hills house.

"In Hollywood, in California, he's more well known than probably Michael Jordan is. He's like the man. He's been doing these Memorial Day parties at his house in Malibu the last 17 years,'' Steel told us.

Looking for insight into Florida's would-be junior senator, we probed further. Here's what we got.

**Greene never seemed to enjoy his bashes, because he was always focused on determining who didn't belong there.

**You can tell he's not too good with chicks, because he's too brilliant. I felt his awkwardness around chicks."

**That said, Greene was "totally loyal to his wife."

**"He's a different kind of guy guy to work for. You work for him, you have to know anything and everything. The two things i learned to say to him: I'll find out. I'll take care of it."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:41am]

    

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