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GOP whistleblower lawsuit may spell trouble for Charlie Crist camp



Susan Wright, the only Republican Party of Florida staffer who repeatedly questioned lavish spending -- only to be fired -- has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the RPOF. While that's certainly unwelcome for a party that tolerated much of former Chairman Jim Greer's antics for far too long, Wright's lawsuit could have greater political implications for the man who put Greer in and kept him there until the bitter end: Gov. Charlie Crist.

Says Wright's complaint: "The Republican Party also began to use party money to support the senatorial campaign of Charlie Crist. The Republican Party was not supposed to financially support a candidate until after the candidate won the primary. Plaintiff realized that what the Republican Party was doing was illegal. Plaintiff reported these illegal uses of Republican Party resources to her supervisor (Richard) Swarttz."

Crist has treated Greer, under indictment in a fraud scheme, like a dear close friend -- unlike everyone else who has become a political liability for the governor. Crist just this week agreed to reimburse Greer's $9,600 campaign donations to pay Greer's legal fees (more here). Meanwhile, Republicans want their money back from Crist because they said he misled them when he bolted the party because he was being whipped so badly by former House Speaker Marco Rubio.

As the case and campaign goes on, expect Greer to become more and more of an albatross around Crist's neck.

Here's the first story written about what Susan Wright saw.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:20am]


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