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How Stupid Are Florida Voters?

The Miami Herald is beginning to wonder. I wrote about these two guys Buying a Job and now the Herald is getting a bit more pointed.

Jim Morin, the paper’s political cartoonist, does it with a drawing, but Fred Grimm just says it: Two rich guys betting on our mass stupidity

Poor Jeff Greene. His candidacy suffers constant association with that other super-rich political dilettante come from nowhere.

Stories about monied neophytes out-spending and out-polling the pros in 2010 tend to lump the two together — Florida’s pecunious twins.

More than a few voters probably confuse Greene, the wildly wealthy Florida Democratic candidate from California, with Rick Scott, the wildly wealthy Florida Republican candidate from Texas.

But it’s the Texan, not the Californian, who was CEO of a hospital chain that paid $1.7 billion in civil and criminal fines in the biggest Medicare fraud case ever.

Greene (currently outpolling Kendrick Meek for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination) has not been affiliated with a known criminal enterprise — though he does suffer an affinity for B-list celebrities with criminal records. The former “Hollywood Madam,” Heidi Fleiss, once lived in Greene’s guest house. Ex-con Mike Tyson was best man in Greene’s 2007 wedding. Drug-addled movie star Lindsay Lohan, currently doing a stretch in a Los Angeles County lock-up, was photographed in alluring beachwear on the Summerwind, Greene’s 145-foot yacht, off St. Barth’s in January.

I have no idea how you get through to people that these guys are part of the problems of the absurd health care costs and the meltdown of the economy, not part of the solution. They have so much money to spend on TV ads that their opponents can’t possibly respond. We have the best elections that money can currently buy.

5 comments

1 cookie jill { 08.01.10 at 8:45 pm }

We have the WORST elections money can STEAL.

2 Bryan { 08.01.10 at 9:55 pm }

Ha, you just wish that your filthy rich candidates were as corrupt as ours. Rick Scott holds the US record for Medicare fraud fines. What has Meg or Carly done to compare to that? How does anyone top Mike Tyson as the best man at your wedding? These are guys who should be on the “Do Not Breathe” list, not running for public office.

3 cookie jill { 08.01.10 at 11:51 pm }

Well….Meg “b-slaps” her female employees around and wants to fire almost all government workers if she gets elected and Carly destroys companies and offshores a good percentage of the workers while taking a golden parachute and gets high school bitchy about her competitor’s hair.
OK..you win. Y’ALL have the curruptest filthy rich candidates….but our losers come a close second.

4 paintedjaguar { 08.01.10 at 11:51 pm }

Don’t know anything about Greene, but from this description, sounds like Rich&Stupid vs Rich&Evil. At least they aren’t running against each other.

5 Bryan { 08.02.10 at 12:19 am }

Yeah, Jill, be glad that California sent Greene to Florida while Scott is from Texas.

PJ, Greene made his early money flipping commercial real estate in California. Then he leverage that money and bought Credit Default Swaps that netted him almost a billion dollars. The money he made came out of the TARP bail-out. He made a huge gamble that the bubble in housing prices that he helped to fuel was going to collapse and moved to Florida to avoid California taxes.

My gut tells me they are connected and set this scenario up, probably on a golf course or Greene’s yacht.

Neither one of them seems to actually understand what the jobs they are running for entail.