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Florida GOP leader Jim Greer weighs in on Arlen Specter



Chairman Greer "I kind of feel two ways about it,'' state GOP Chairman Jim Greer said of Arlen Specter switching parties. "Sen. Specter owed a great deal of allegiance to the Republican Party because of the support and resources they provided in the last election. But ... we should have tried to make efforts to recognize Sen. Specter's position on certain issues. The party could have been a little more receptive to his political views." Asked about the influence on the GOP of groups like the Club for Growth, Greer said, "You cannot be so rigid that at the end of the day what you end up with is less than what you started with."

Greer sees no bearing on potential U.S. Sen. candidate Charlie Crist, another Republican supporter of the stimulus package. "The political circumstances are significantly different, number one because of the electorate (in Pennsylvania vs. Florida) and number two there has been a longstanding uncomfortable relationship with Arlen Specter and the Republican Party. That doesn't exist with Charlie Crist."

Buzz also asked Greer for clarification on whether the state party would work against anyone challenging Crist for the senate (or gubernatorial) nomination: "I as chairman get to make a decision as to what role the party would play," he said. "I would take a look at all the aspects of every potential primary in Florida to determine what is best for the general election."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 5:57pm]


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