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Mar-a-Lago Democrat Runs for Florida Governor

Mar-a-Lago Democrat Runs for Florida Governor
(Steve Mitchell/AP File)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 June 2018 10:52 AM

A billionaire member of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club has thrown his hat in the ring to run for governor of Florida.

Real estate tycoon Jeff Greene, who Forbes says is worth more than $3 billion, is seeking the Democratic nomination to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

It’s Greene’s second stab at politics after shelling out $24 million on a failed bid in 2010 for a Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in The Sunshine State, The Palm Beach Post reports.

Greene is friends with Trump, but he’s not above tweaking him.

"I live two doors away from Donald Trump in Palm Beach. I know enough about Donald Trump to know that I would be scared to death to see him as our president." Greene told CNBC a day before the 2016 presidential election, according to the Post.

He also reportedly said of the commander in chief: "Trump loves being king of his castle. He walks around and talks to the people. It’s not a policy discussion. He never engages in long conversations with anybody. He’ll say, 'How’s that hotel doing?' Or, 'What a beautiful wife!' And that’s the extent of it."

Other Democrats in the race include: former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, and Winter Park entrepreneur Chris King.

A Democratic candidate has not won a gubernatorial election in Florida since 1994 when Governor Lawton Chiles won a second term.

Top Republicans running include U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who is endorsed by Trump, and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

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