Greene declined an interview request for this story. She did not directly address written questions the AJC sent seeking to clarify her business record and involvement with her family business. She said her father, who founded the company, had been battling cancer in recent months and passed away on April 12.
“The nature of your email and it’s questions shows you have no intent to write anything positive about our company,” Greene wrote in response to the AJC’s questions.
Charles S. Bullock III, a political science professor at the University of Georgia, said Greene’s emphasizing her business experience and her hardcore conservative values have been a smart political strategy.
“It was very well calibrated for that district, which is one of the most conservative districts in the nation,” he said. “She packaged herself very well for the 14th District.”
Greene’s congressional web bio is headlined “Conservative businesswoman.” It says she grew up working in her family’s construction company and has a lifetime of business experience.
The bio says she and her husband purchased Taylor Commercial in 2002, and the company has managed construction projects totaling a quarter of a billion dollars.
Her attorney wrote a letter to her opponent’s counsel last July outlining Greene’s position in the company. The letter said she’s owned a 51% stake since buying the company from her father and that she has been an active participant in its “operation and management.”
“Ms. Greene has been leading the company as its majority owner since 2002,” the letter, which Greene tweeted out, said.
One of her campaign videos last year showed Greene and her husband, Perry, walking around a construction site together, surveying the work. She wears a hard hat emblazoned with the red, white and blue stars and stripes of America. He wears a hard hat with a UGA Bulldogs logo. In one shot the couple, with her father, reviews what looks like construction documents in an office at the company’s Alpharetta headquarters.