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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Greer bashing continues

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December

UPDATE: RPOF spokeswoman Katie Gordon responds: "Chairman Greer takes full responsibility for all Party expenditures, including House and Senate expenses."

John Bertran, a Brevard Republican (who last appeared in the Buzz leading a fight to save Tucker Carlson's job), has sent members of the RPOF executive committee a missive blasting state GOP chairman Jim Greer's spending: You can criticize Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer all you want, but you have to admit he really delivered the English-American vote here in Florida.   

How else can you explain the $45,458.57 expenditures by the Republican a Party of Florida in London, England, during Governor Crist's very successful Florida Trade Mission? Surely, important meetings were held in the Chairman's suite at the 5-star Sheraton Park Hotel in fashionable, Knightsbridge. Only the best restaurants like Mr. Chow (5-stars -Zagat), Toto (5 diamond award), and the Noura Brasserie (4-whisks –Michelin's) were good enough for Chairman Greer's efforts to nail down the English vote. The Chairman never spent less than $800 for a restaurant tab. ... Why is the State GOP paying a $10,000 registration fee for Jim Greer to hob-knob with Governor Charlie Crist and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the government sponsored Climate Control Conference in LA?  This was a non-political event. ...

...This is made all the more tragic by the underfunded effort to help John McCain win Florida. I have to believe that the monies used to augment the Chairman's life-style could have been used to win 3% of the vote to bring McCain-Palin to victory in Florida. As a registered Republican who is damn pissed off about the half-hearted efforts by the Florida Republican leadership for John McCain and Sarah Palin, as a donor, I want a full financial accounting of where State Republican funds have gone.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 5:49pm]

    

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