Bye Bye Birdie!
Former Florida Republican Party Chair Jim Greer was arrested today on charges of grand theft and money laundering.
Governor Charlie Crist, then a Republican, appointed Greer as head of the state’s Republican Party upon election as governor in 2006. Greer was committed to alienating libertarians and conservatives from the party to favor the moderate (read: Democrat) wing of the party.
Ex-Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer indicted on six felony counts
By Matt DeLong
Jim Greer, former head of the Florida Republican Party, was arrested Wednesday morning at his home near Orlando, law enforcement officials said. The Orlando Sun-Sentinel reports that at a press conference Wednesday, statewide prosecutor William Shepherd said that “a statewide grand jury indicted Greer on six felony charges: organized scheme to defraud, money laundering, and four counts of grand theft.”
Back in January..
Greer Announces Resignation As Florida GOP Chair — And Slams Right-Wing Critics On His Way Out
Jan 5, 2010
On a conference call with reporters just now, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer officially announced his resignation, effective on February 20. He took the opportunity to tear into his right-wing critics for wanting a smaller party and accused them of pulling apart the GOP itself in order to take him out.
Greer is an ally of Gov. Charlie Crist, a relative GOP moderate who is being vigorously challenged in this year’s Senate primary by the more conservative former state House Speaker Marco Rubio. Supporters of Rubio had been accusing Greer of mismanaging party funds and of being biased in Crist’s favor, all of which Greer has strongly denied. In his resignation, Greer said he could no longer put the party through this divisive process — but he clearly didn’t mind taking some parting shots on the way out.
“As you know, there is a great debate in our party on the direction, moderates vs. conservatives, whether we should have a big tent or a small tent,” said Greer. “And while I have made it my utmost concern to try and keep those arguments and discontents out of the Republican Party of Florida, over the last six months there has been a very vocal group within our party that has become very active in seeking an effort to oust me as chairman. They have distorted facts, they have talked about misspending of money, when the facts have been shown over and over and over that that’s not true. They have talked about my support of Gov. Crist for the U.S. Senate race. They have, as they say, thrown everything up against the wall as they possibly can, to either embarrass me or embarrass the Republican Party of Florida.”
Birds of A feather…
Sept 4, 2009
Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer and the state party Grievance Committee notified a number of party members, many of them holding elective office, that they were effectively purged from the party and had been removed from their offices and would be ineligible to hold any other party positions for periods ranging from two to four years. The targets of this purge are mostly members of the Florida chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus, a group which seeks to return the party to its core beliefs of individual liberty, limited government, and free markets.Read More
Florida GOP Chairman Greer is known for his draconian techniques to force his way with rank and file Republicans. This man consistently forces more and more Socialist Republican candidates on to Florida Republicans and expects us to accept these individuals without debate.
Greer needs to resign from his position and take up Chairmanship in a party that better embraces his point of view, perhaps the local Marxist or Socialist parties would suffice.
Comments Dave Shields in response to Greer’s “Liberty Cleansing” of the Florida Republican party.
In addition to RLC member Will Pitts being reprimanded, lifelong Republican and RLC activist Nick Egoroff of Orlando has been expelled for four years. Additionally, Northeast Florida RLC Chairman John Stevens — himself a Republican Committeeman for his precinct — is ineligible to serve in any RPOF position until August 31, 2013.
July 15, 2009
In an ever-widening party purge led by current Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer, more GOP leaders have received “grievances” — the initial step toward total removal from the Republican Party.
Greer, under fire by over a dozen county Republican Executive Committees for trying to force endorsements of Charlie Crist for Senate and Bill McCollum for Governor has now moved against more Republican Executive Committee members.
The latest round of party purge activity centers on two Orange County Republican leaders; Ax the Tax Chairman Doug Guetzloe and Republican Liberty Caucus organizer Nick Egoroff. Both men co-Chair the Draft Paula Dockery for Governor grassroots movement that has taken the state by storm. They are being “fast-tracked” for removal at a party meeting to be held next Friday, July 24 at the Gaylord Palms Hotel at 2:00 pm.
Members of the “grievance committee” now known as the Florida GOP Dirty Birdie Club due to “flocking” around with Big Boss Greer;
Tony DiMatteo, Chair of Committee
Delmar W. Johnson
By Kleinheider Posted on November 24, 2009
Matt Collins is no longer a member of the Davidson County GOP’s executive committee.
The embattled, Ron Paul supporting libertarian Republican was removed from his position as first vice chair by a vote of 14 to 5 at a closed door meeting of the party executive committee at the Green Hills Hampton Inn
“It is unfortunate the DCRP has chosen this destructive and divisive path booting members for standing up for principle and the Constitution.
It should be noted that I have broken no bylaws (even Chairman Starnes has admitted this) and this was a personal vindictive move by some in the DCRP and the TNGOP to remove me because they did not want their fellow Republicans such as Rep Zigzag Zach Wamp, Mayor “Ban’em” Bill Haslam, Senator “Large Government” Lamar Alexander, and Senator “Bailout Bob” Corker held accountable.
Every effort was made by myself to reach a mutual understanding, however Chairman Starnes refused to work with me in the closed door session. This Soviet style purge will result in the further alienation of the grassroots activists not only in Nashville but across the country as it is becoming more and more apparent that the GOP is a Party of exclusion.”
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