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Crist homosexuality rumors emerge again

As if the looming trial of former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer wasn’t sordid enough — legislative leaders living lavishly off donor money, efforts to pay off Greer to step down, charges that Greer stole more than $100,000 from the party — now we learn that Greer’s lawyer threatened to press former Gov. Charlie Crist about alleged gay trysts and drunken behavior.

The details came to light Friday in documents released related to the case. They stem from Crist and his attorney contacting state law enforcement agents to report that Greer and his lawyer, Damon Chase, appeared to be trying to pressure Crist into changing his testimony about Greer by threatening to question Crist about allegedly trying to kiss Greer and about Crist allegedly having had gay relationships.

The Tampa Bay Times on Saturday published a story about Crist’s attorney, John Morgan, reporting the perceived threats to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement but opted not to include allegations of gay affairs because there was no evidence they occurred.

Since then, multiple other media outlets reported the gay allegations. It’s not the first time Crist has dealt with gay rumors and he has always denied them.

Greer is charged with fraud, money laundering and theft of almost $200,000 from the Florida Republican Party by creating Victory Strategies, a company that billed the party for consulting work. The trial is scheduled to start late next month in Orlando.

— Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

[Last modified: Saturday, June 9, 2012 11:32pm]


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