October 7, 2014

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Role reversal: Greg Orman's wealth gives GOP fodder (MANU RAJU, 10/6/14, Politico)

Greg Orman wanted to turn the capital of shrimp cocktails into a shrimp-producing powerhouse.

A few years ago, the businessman-turned-independent Kansas Senate candidate had become a director of Ganix Biotechnologies. With the help of $2.5 million in federal loan guarantees and $128,000 in state tax breaks, he and fellow investors pledged to build a $5 million-$6 million organic shrimp farm smack dab in the Nevada desert.

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"We consume more shrimp per capita in Las Vegas than anywhere else in the world -- 22 million pounds of it annually," Orman told Las Vegas' KLAS-TV in 2011.

The venture collapsed within a year. Ganix defaulted on a $725,000 bank loan, and a Kansas bank foreclosed on the shrimp farm property, according to public documents. [...]

The outcome of the race may well turn on which portrayal of Orman's background prevails: the non-ideological entrepreneur or the shady investor who won't level with voters about where he stands on issues.

In such races it's vital to never allow yourself to be defined at all.  He was better off as a dark horse, before the press started covering him.

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