Democratic gubernatorial candidates Gwen Graham, Jeff Greene clash over who’s better for the environment

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Gwen Graham and Jeff Greene engaged in a heated public exchange Wednesday afternoon over the candidates’ environmental policies.

Graham currently leads the pack of five major Democratic candidates running in the Aug. 28 primary.

Graham accused Greene of violating elections law by refusing to disclose how much the billionaire has invested in stocks like Exxon Mobil Corp. and Hess Corp. The release included a list of seven other oil and gas companies Greene has invested in, including a company (Ness Energy, Inc.) which operates in Israel and one (Occidental Petroleum Corp.) with operations in Latin America.

The Greene campaign said the candidate had sold his stocks with Exxon Mobil Corp., Hess Corp., Kinder Morgan and Apache which represented a minuscule percentage of Greene’s total net worth.

The Greene campaign doubled down on Graham’s involvement with the American Dream Miami mega-mall and theme park development on her family’s land at the edge of the Everglades.

Greene’s campaign added that the candidate does not currently own any shares with many of the other oil companies the Graham campaign listed, but had in the previous calendar year — California Resources Corp., Ness Energy Inc. and Occidental Petroleum Corp.. The campaign said Greene had not made any money off of Blackburn Partners, LP and Tujunga Partners, LP in five years. Quantum Energy is a hedge fund with a 10-year term that will self-liquidate by September 2019, the campaign said.

“I sold my stock – now you stop the MegaMall development,” Greene shot back in a statement. “I promised voters I would resolve any real or potential conflicts of interests, and I’m keeping my word today. Will you?”

Note: This story has been updated to include information the Greene campaign released about the candidate’s oil investments.

CD Davidson-Hiers
CD Davidson-Hiers is a 2017 summa cum laude graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Creative Writing and French. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key honors societies, and has received multiple writing awards for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Prior to joining the Florida Phoenix, CD worked at the Tallahassee Democrat and has bylines in Tallahassee Magazine. She is a native of Pensacola and currently lives in Tallahassee with her tabby cat, Faulkner.

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