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Charlie Crist 'not sure' if it was mistake picking Jim Greer for GOP chair

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Charlie Crist has taken a lot of criticism for having long stood by his good friend, former state GOP chairman Jim Greer, now accused of looting state party money and facing criminal charges of fraud and money laundering. So does Gov. Crist regret plucking Greer from obscurity and putting him at the helm of the state party? Not really.

"I'm not sure. We don't know," the independent Senate candidate said in an exclusive Political Connections interview airing today on Bay News 9 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.. "There's not been a trial, the jury is still out. We don't know what the conclusion is yet, and people in this country, thank God, are innocent until proven guilty."

Crist, who is trailing Republican Marco Rubio, also swatted down speculation by some Republicans that he may not spend his entire war chest on this campaign. The thinking is that if he held on to some money, he could roll it into another political committee and run for something else in 2012 — such as C.W. Bill Young's congressional seat.

"I'm a big fan of Gen. Patton's: You need to fire all the bullets. We're going to fire all the bullets," Crist said. "We will use those resources to tell the truth to the people of Florida, that it's time for an independent voice in Washington, D.C. Enough of the party bickering, let's move on to helping Florida.

[Last modified: Sunday, October 17, 2010 2:41pm]

    

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