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GOP activists demand 'emergency' meeting with Greer



The rebellion against Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer appears to be coming to a head. As first reported by Gary Fineout of The Fine Print, a number of GOP leaders Florida are demanding a "special emergency closed meeting'' of the state party's executive board.

Greer responded with a potentially less confrontational idea: How about a conference call tomorrow and then we can follow up at Dec. 10 quarterly meeting? Don't think that's going to fly but we shall see.

Here's the letter:

We have observed in recent weeks an unprecedented series of reports and events in the media which cast negative perceptions of the Republican Party, both to the public and to our members.  While many factors may be involved in the various circumstances, our members and the public are receiving continuing negative reports about issues involving financing, candidates, political activities and more, concerning the Republican Party.  This has been, and continues to be, extremely damaging to our Party, our candidates, and our members. As Vice Chairman, along with the Executive Board members listed below, urge you to convene a special emergency closed meeting of the Executive Board as expeditiously as possible.  We believe such a closed session, as was held during our retreat last summer, is needed immediately.  The significance of the current events are such that it should not be the focus in an open Executive Board meeting, and cannot be deferred until the December scheduled meeting.  Please convene our Executive Board to meet in Orlando, as a central location, within the coming two weeks, if at all possible.  The need for information, communication, and action by our Executive Board is urgent.

Allen Cox Vice Chairman, RPOF
Peter Feaman, Esq. Chairman, Caucus of State Committeemen and Committeewomen
Bob Starr Chairman, Caucus of County Chairmen
Clyde Simpson, Chairman CD 2
Bob Reid, Chairman CD 3
Thomas Hogan, Chairman CD 5
Jerry Braley, CD 8, Chairman Audit Committee
Bill Bunting, CD 9
Tony DiMatteo, CD 10
A.J. Matthews, Chairman CD 11
Robert Norman, Chairman CD 12
Kathleen King, Chairman CD 13
Gary Lee, Chairman CD 14
Chuck Oates, Chairman CD 16
Debbie Goodman, Chairman CD 18
Ed Kennedy, Chairman CD 20
Ileana Ross, Chairman CD 21
Fran Hancock, CD 22
Sid Dinerstein, CD 23
David Rivera, CD 25

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:05pm]


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