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5 questions about the Fla GOP scandals



1. If Charlie Crist heard "rumors" that ousted GOP chairman Jim Greer, his close friend, had a piece of a lucrative and possibly illegal, secret contract with the state GOP, what did he do about it?

2. If state party chairman John Thrasher, House Speaker-designate Dean Cannon and Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos really wanted to clean up a party beset by allegations of financial irregularities, why wouldn't they come clean weeks ago about having at least started to execute a severance agreement with Greer?

3. Is Thrasher remarkably arrogant or remarkably foolish to sign a severance agreement for Greer more than a month before Thrasher was even elected party chairman?

4. How many current and former legislators with state GOP credit cards are consulting with accountants and/or lawyers about amending their tax returns?

5. Will Democrats be able to exploit the turmoil in the GOP to avoid a drubbing in November?

(The full print Buzz column is here.)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:26am]


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