[UPDATED] Note to Jeff Greene: Being Called a "Sleazy Guy" Is Not an Endorsement
[C]onsidering Greene has run one of the most cynical campaigns in recent history, don't be surprised if he uses the CREW material against Meek.
Rep. Meek has been criticized for his relationship with developer Dennis Stackhouse, who is now awaiting trial for grand theft and organizing a scheme to defraud. Rep. Meek earmarked $1,072,750 million for Mr. Stackhouse's development project and requested an additional $4 million in earmarks for Mr. Stackhouse, which were never awarded. In addition, both Rep. Meek and his former district director, Anthony Williams, served on the Miami-Dade Urban Revitalization Task Force, which loaned $2.2 million to Mr. Stackhouse's project, but Rep. Meek did not vote on that particular loan.At the same time Mr. Stackhouse employed Rep. Meek's mother, former Congresswoman Carrie Meek, as a consultant paying her $90,000, giving her the free use of a leased Cadillac Escalade and donating the use of a 2,600 square foot office for her foundation. Mr. Stackhouse further curried favor with the congressman by contributing thousands to Rep. Meek's campaign in 2003. Furthermore, Mr. Stackhouse gave Mr. Williams $13,000 to help him buy a house. Police tried to make a case against Mr. Williams for mortgage fraud, but prosecutors believed the evidence gathered was insufficient. Rep. Meek claimed not to have known about the mortgage deal.
UPDATE: While I was on vacation last week, CREW added Greene to its "crooked" politicians list, which makes it even more hypocritical for Greene to accuse Meek. For a guy who goes around calling Meek a "typical" politician, Greene sure typifies everything that makes voters cynical about politics.