The Shifting Politics of Oil: Jeff Greene

Jeff Greene
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene
TAMPA (2010-8-5) -

The political newcomer says he has always been against drilling off Florida’s coast. But when he was asked by the Orlando Sentinel about a proposed state constitutional amendment banning drilling, he gave conflicting answers.

When asked about the proposed amendment, Greene said, “I don’t really want to comment (about) whether that’s necessary."

He added, “I haven’t really thought about it. I can’t see why I’d be against it.”

According to the newspaper, Greene turned and spoke briefly with an adviser. Then he offered up a clarification.

He was "definitely in favor" of the constitutional ban, he said. It was the best way to protect Florida's beaches.

Greene’s campaign says he will “protect and preserve the environment, end offshore oil drilling and our dependence on foreign oil.”

The billionaire says he won’t take a single penny from special interest groups, and has criticized opponent Rep. Kendrick Meek for accepting campaign donations from oil and gas companies, including BP.

His campaign spokesman told Sunshine State News, “He is opposed to offshore oil drilling and believes that in addition to a moratorium on offshore oil drilling, we should also have a moratorium on campaign contributions by oil companies.”

From "Drill, Baby, Drill" to "Spill, Baby, Spill" - the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf has some elected leaders and political candidates scrambling to point out their opposition to offshore drilling - even if they once thought it was a good idea. WUSF has determined where Florida's politicians stood before, and where they stand now on oil drilling.

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