“Gwen Graham is no Bob Graham.”
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and entrepreneur Jeff Greene called on Gwen Graham to oppose the development of the American Dream MegaMall and theme park, which is being developed on Graham family land at the edge of the Everglades. Environmental groups including the Everglades Trust have fought the environmentally disastrous development since 2015.
“These are the facts: Gwen Graham’s land is being used to develop a monstrosity that puts the Everglades in danger. Every environmental group in Florida is in visceral opposition to the American Dream MegaMall,” says Greene. “If she is committed to fighting for the Everglades and being an environmental leader, she shouldn’t allow this development to happen. Gwen Graham is running for governor. She can’t do one thing and say another.”
Greene last week released an ad ripped from the headlines, including footage from an interview with Miami reporter Jim Defede in which Graham becomes tongue-tied in sidestepping questions about the megamall’s environmental impact and the financial gains she stands to make from its development.
Graham has now countered with her own ad, in which she alleges Greene is attacking her and her father. No such attack exists. Instead, Greene has highlighted concerns shared by Floridians statewide about Graham’s poor environmental record and history of voting against Barak Obama’s progressive agenda while serving one term in Congress.
During his tenure as Governor and Senator, Bob Graham did great things for the state of Florida and for our environment. Ironically, he was the architect of our growth management policy that today protects millions of acres of pristine Florida beauty. He headed President Obama’s commission to investigate the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill and offshore drilling.
“But Gwen Graham is no Bob Graham,” says Greene.
Within weeks of becoming a congresswoman, she voted to approve the Keystone pipeline, which is an environmental disaster in the making. She voted with big banks to roll back Dodd-Frank and help Wall Street banks rob everyday Floridians of their hard-earned money. She voted to cut back Obamacare, President Obama’s signature accomplishment that gave millions access to quality affordable healthcare. Democrats are left wondering: can we trust her with the progressive agenda Florida deserves?
Graham calls Greene’s attacks personal. That’s patently false and she knows it. But her votes to gut Obamacare and her profiting from a paving over of the Everglades ARE personal to the millions of Floridians that they impact.
“Instead of doubling down on her poor track record, it’s time for Gwen Graham to admit she was wrong and to call on her family to end this atrocious abuse of the Everglades,” says Greene.