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Al Hoffman asks Jim Greer to resign, citing "perhaps illegal spending"



Alhoffman Al Hoffman, a top fundraiser and former finance chairman for the Republican National Committee, is asking Jim Greer to resign as chairman of the Florida Republican Party. As the GOP holds its quarterly meeting this afternoon in Tallahassee (friendly, home turf for Greer) Hoffman said a petition is circulating to call a special meeting in January for a recall effort. And he said because the party is spending more than its raising, it has had to dip into the money raised by House and Senate leaders. Here's Hoffman's letter:

Dear Jim,

As a former finance chairman of several gubernatorial campaigns, finance co-chair of two presidential campaigns,  as well as finance chair of the Republican  National Committee (twice) I am writing to express my opinion that It is time for you to resign.

It is time for you to resign in order to end the excessive, irresponsible, unethical, and perhaps illegal spending that has marked your administration and has moved the Republican Party from millions of dollars in surplus at the time you took office to millions of dollars in deficit by the end of this month.

It is time for you to resign in order to restore faith in the ability of the party to spend wisely and restore confidence in the many of our donor base who have withheld giving as long as you are at the helm,  myself included.

It is time for you to resign in order for all Republican candidates to have a better chance for success in 2010, a critical election year.  They simply cannot try to run viable campaigns at the same time they are bound by  the yoke of trying to defend their party chairman's actions and off the wall statements.

It is time for you to resign in order to avoid a near certain disastrous public spectacle if the rest of the party leadership is forced to resort to removing you from office this coming year.

Finally, it is time for you to resign for your own best interests and more importantly, for the good of the party to have fresh and  strong leadership that is above reproach 

Al Hoffman

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:09pm]


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