Another secret deal with Jim Greer?
A major Republican donor involved in forcing Jim Greer to step down as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida says state Sen. John Thrasher of St. Augustine and incoming House Speaker Dean Cannon told him they had signed a settlement agreement with Greer.
"They informed me that they had signed an agreement but were bound by the confidentiality provision not to disclose any details,'' said Fort Myers developer Al Hoffman.
Of the involvement of Thrasher, who wasn't even an announced candidate to replace Greer at that point, Hoffman said: "I was puzzled by that. I think that was a little presumptuous since at that point a chairman
hadn't been determined." He added: "At the time I didn't think that much about it because I was thrilled that Cannon and (incoming Senate President Mike) Haridopolos stepped in and negotiated us out of a bad deal. Hindsight is always 20/20.''
It's unclear whether the agreement included any payout to Greer or protections from future liabilities.
"I hope that the executive committee adopts a position that there can be no more secret deals within the party,'' Hoffman said, alluding to a contract only recently disclosed that Greer signed with the former executive director, Delmar Johnson. "It's inherently treacherous. You just can't operate that way.''
Hoffman, by the way, says he supports Thrasher in the Feb. 20 election. "I know him. He's a man of integrity and quality and will unite the party," he said.