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The coup against Jim Greer starts anew



A bitter battle is heating up to oust state GOP Chairman Jim Greer, with leading Florida Republicans accusing him serious financial mismanagement that could jeopardize Republican campaigns in 2010.


"Maybe Jim Greer would be more comfortable in congress where deficits and excessive spending don’t seem to matter, but that’s not the Republican party of Florida, ’’ said state Republican Party Vice Chairman Allen Cox of Gulf County, who said Greer has put the party nearly $4-million in the hole so far this year. "In the seven years that I have been chairman of the budget committee we have never had annual expense levels as high as they are now, and they are more than double than under prior administrations - special travel, staff and consultants."

As letters calling for a special meeting to consider rescinding Greer’s post circulated among Republican party officers across the state, former state Republican Party Chairman Tom Slade also joined the call to oust Greer. He acknowledged the move would be unprecedented. 

"But we haven’t had a chairman before flying on chartered jets when we have a $4-million deficit,’’ Slade said. "He seems like a very ambitious young fellow who has got an ego the size of Alaska and has interpreted the position of the state party chairman as a throne upon which he can spend any amount of money he wants to spend." "I believe that I continue to enjoy a significant amount of support from the state committee, the house and senate members and the governor,’’ he said.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:10pm]


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