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Jeff Greene plans to sue two newspapers for libel

Billionaire Jeff Greene, who lost the Florida Democratic Senate primary to Rep. Kendrick Meek, says he is now planning to sue The St. Petersburg Times and The Miami Herald over his failed bid. The New York Times reports:

Dogged by rumors about wild parties aboard his 145-foot yacht and about fraudulent real estate deals, Mr. Greene will seek at least $500 million in damages in part, he said, to teach the news media a lesson. "I want to send a message to every newspaper in the country: Do your homework," he said Tuesday in a telephone interview. "I deserve to have the record corrected, and they deserve to be punished."

"The Times' coverage of Mr. Greene and his business transactions has been thorough and fair, and the reporting is well-documented in public records," St. Petersburg Times editor Neil Brown responded.

Read more about Greene here.

By Rachel Weiner  |  September 1, 2010; 10:58 AM ET
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Just go away Jeff Greene. We don't want you to represent us here in Florida. We already have our share of greedy and insincere politicians. Kendrick Meeks acts in the best interests of his constituents. We are going to send him to Washington.

Posted by: Too2much | September 2, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

If he really was a Democrat wouldn't he wait at least as long as Bush is waiting to release his memoir, ie, till after the freakin election!

Posted by: lithium452 | September 2, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I live in Florida and I judged the man on his mean spirited shifty eyed stance and his thugist "Everybody is stupid but me" attitude and I heard it on every radio show he was interviewed on. He DID make millions/billions? on betting AGAINST the real estate market. Yeah, he was/is smart, but he has demonstrated repeatedly that he will do whatever it takes to win....even if that is unethical, immoral and borderline illegal. NOT the character of a man I'd choose as my elected official. We have enough that end up being seduced by the power that they GET that way! He wouldn't change anything, he'd just bully the old bulls for a while!
He has such a poor reputation in so many areas, business ethics, personal behavior, his rep as being a mean, tough, unfair to workers employer and the thin, very thin veneer of respectability he has cloaked himself with just prior to declaring for office. Mr. Green, you are not nice and certainly can't represent my concerns and stop bullying us with your degrading tone....go raise your baby...at age 50 plus, you need to redeem yourself by focussing on being a good dad....

Posted by: Bubbly2c | September 1, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

AnnieP1 and r_leever:

Just so you get the facts correct, until this race he had always run as a Republican. This was his first venture as a Democrat.

I supect that when Florida's Republican Party tossed out its sitting governor, he realized he might not be able to spread his multiple millions around there successfully. So, he engaged Kendrick Meek, who didn't have as much to spend.

Luckily, Florida Democrats didn't bite.

Posted by: prairiepopulist | September 1, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

AnnieP1 and r_leever:

Just so you get the facts correct, until this race he had always run as a Republican. This was his first venture as a Democrat.

I supect that when Florida's Republican Party tossed out its sitting governor, he realized he might not be able to spread his multiple millions around there successfully. So, he engaged Kendrick Meek, who didn't have as much to spend.

Luckily, Florida Democrats didn't bite.

Posted by: prairiepopulist | September 1, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

your average newspaper attorney will eat him alive.

this is just for PR, he probably won't even file.

if he's dumb enough to, the papers will call everyone he ever employed and stiffed for wages and everyone who ever witnessed the sex parties. Check out the Broward New Times and other sources for pix, articles, etc. There are witnesses, and the papers can print their stories just because they exist. He's a public figure and the malice standard would apply. his lawyers will tell him that.

Posted by: JoeT1 | September 1, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Since this is on The President Obama blog where is The President Obama comment on this pressing issue?

Useless teabaggers teabagging the internet with this filth instead of upholding Our President.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 1, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Since this is on The President Obama blog where is The President Obama comment on this pressing issue?

Useless teabaggers teabagging the internet with this filth instead of upholding Our President.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 1, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Typical democrat. It's never your fault, it's always somebody elses. Well, if he fails in his lawsuit he can always blame Bush. I'm sure half the members of his party would believe that one.

Posted by: AnnieP1 | September 1, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Greene found one thing in Florida he could not buy. Now, he is suing to correct that.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | September 1, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow, another whining Democrat. They're endless in their crying.

Posted by: r_leever | September 1, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't have supported him over Meek. I do, however, hope his lawsuit pans out. The news media needs to be a lot better about the facts in this country and stop skewing things. Maybe that would put Fox News out of business for good.

Posted by: fbutler1 | September 1, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Who's going to represent him in the lawsuit? I hear that Orly Tait is available, and she has a lot of experience bringing frivolous legal actions with no merit.

Posted by: js_edit | September 1, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

What an ass. You lost bud, get over it. Welcome to the world of being a public figure. You're going to lose.

Posted by: am1968 | September 1, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I want to see where this goes...
it should be interesting...

Posted by: DwightCollins | September 1, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I changed my registration from independent to Democrat specifically to vote against this Republican pretender. Now he's suing newspapers for stories about him he didn't like?

Jeff: Do like the rest of the Gulfstream-flying, yacht-partying Reoublicans: go on Fox News and whine about the taxes you pay.

And while you're at it, leave Florida. We were happy before you moved here, and we'll be happy when you're gone.

Posted by: roblimo | September 1, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

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