Jeff Greene, the billionaire Palm Beach resident who made his fortune in real estate, entered the Democratic race for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat just two months ago, hoping to take down favorite Kendrick Meek (perhaps not a difficult task) to face off against Republican Marco Rubio and Independent Charlie Crist in November. But he says he isn’t sure whether he supports gay marriage. Huh.
At a small meeting with voters at Century Village (a gated community for those aged 55-and-up) in Palm Beach, Greene says that while he supports civil unions, “I haven’t formed an opinion yet on gay marriage.” (He did say “DADT is something every American should be ashamed of.”)
But the seniors were not having it, and demanded to know his position — which they’re entitled to. As Thomas Francis notes, it’s unlikely Greene hasn’t made up his mind about the M-word; he’s just “shrewd enough to give himself some wiggle room on that question if it makes it to the general election and needs to move right to pick off some of those social conservative Dems north of Palm Beach County.”
That aside, would you vote for him if you knew “Mike Tyson was best man at his 2008 wedding, ex-Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss lived in his guesthouse after prison, and he made many of his millions betting on the housing collapse that killed Florida’s economy”?