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Jeff Greene's path to Senate campaign shows he is uncompromising, sometimes to a fault



PALM BEACH — Send Jeff Greene to the U.S. Senate, and what do you get?

Maybe you've elected a self-made success story who doesn't owe anyone anything, a tough man who couldn't care less about special interest campaign checks or endorsements, and only wants to do what's right.

"You're very lucky to have him in Florida. It's not very often guys like him, who aren't compromised at all and don't owe anything to anybody, put themselves out to run for political office,'' said longtime friend Jeff Wilson, founder of Wilson's Leather chain.

Or maybe your new senator is a tyrant and egomaniac who spends six years embarrassing Florida.

Either alternative looks plausible in the case of Greene, a political blank slate with a track record of remarkable success — and sheer tackiness. (Adam C. Smith uncovers the intriguing story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:16am]


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