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Could Jim Greer get ousted?



We wouldn't bet on it, so long as Charlie Crist stands behind him and no strong alternative chairman emerges. But nor would we rule it out, as we would have a few weeks ago.It's striking how more and more influential state Republican leaders in Florida think Greer is a disaster. And then there's this unfhelpful piece in the Washington Times (remember that Greer endorsed Michael Steele over Katon Dawson):

"Greer is the single most disliked guy on the RNC -- that would be my guess," former South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson, who lost a hard-fought contest for RNC chairman to Mr. Steele in January, told The Washington Times. "Curly should win the rules chairmanship but [Mr. Steele's] paid staff is working against Haugland."

Mr. Greer, an ally of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist as well as Mr. Steele, already has reminded Rules Committee members that he has the chairman's backing, an act that ruffled feathers on the famously independent-minded panel.

"As many of you are aware, Chairman Steele recently asked me to serve as Rules Committee Chairman and seek election from the committee membership," Mr. Greer said in a July 8 letter.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:54pm]


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