Senate hopeful Alameel details rags-to-riches rise

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Associated Press

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 29 at 8:32 AM

DALLAS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Alameel says his rise from poor, immigrant farmhand to millionaire means he understands "working for a living."

Addressing the Texas Democratic Convention on Saturday, Alameel said his opponent, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, was a Washington powerbroker who helped wreck the U.S. economy.

Alameel ran a Dallas-based dental clinic chain worth $50 million. He long donated to top Democrats and Republicans — but now says the GOP is too extreme.

He promises that money won't be an object in the race. But Alameel's still a major underdog against Cornyn, the Senate minority whip.

The Lebanon-born Alameel also traveled to Afghanistan in 2000 to negotiate with the Taliban about the possible handover of Osama bin Laden to U.S. authorities. Those talks stalled after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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