Jeff Greene, a former Republican turned Democrat millionaire real estate investor who ran a failed Senate bid in 2010 is now joining former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and businessman Chris King in the Democratic gubernatorial primaries to replace term-limited Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Greene’s previous ventures include a run for Congress in 1982 where he lost in the Republican primaries. As a Democrat, his senate bid was cut short when he lost to Kendrick Meek in the primaries who then went on to lose to Republican Senator Marco Rubio.
Now he’s setting his sights on the sunshine state’s gubernatorial race, which is still considered an “open” race because polls indicate that voters haven’t made their mind yet on who should emerge as the Democratic candidate.
Gillum welcomed Greene’s entry in the race by throwing a bit of shade and highlighting himself as the only non-millionaire that’s running for the nomination.
In his statement he explained that “As the son of a construction worker and bus driver, and still the only non-millionaire Democrat in our primary, I believe Florida Democrats need a true champion for working people as their nominee. I look forward to continuing this contest of ideas with Jeff in the field.”