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Greer distances himself from RNC talk



Chairman_greer Jim Greer says he wants to be part of the national discussion of where the Republican Party is headed, but when asked if he would be interested in the RNC job he replied, "I really don't think so."

Sounding Cristlike, he added: "I'm running for re-election of chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. We're a battleground state. There's a lot of satisfaction of what we can do here in Florida that you don't need to hold another office."

In an interview this afternoon, Greer said he's planning a statewide listening tour to hear from ordinary Republicans and independents. "I'd like to see if we're doing things right or if we can improve upon things or if there are areas we're not seeing that we could focus on."

Greer also said he's planning to reduce the party budget but said that at this point he does not have specifics. He said he is also planning additional Hispanic and African-American outreach forums.

Greer said Sen. Barack Obama's win was a disappointment but little could have been done.

“They had more money and more resources to run a campaign in Florida than we’ve ever seen. That’s a challenge when your campaign is limited. The national political environment was seeking a new direction.”

But considering how voters embraced the gay marriage ban and constitutional amendments calling for tax cuts and retained most Republican incumbents, Greer said he awoke feeling refreshed.

“I didn’t have any visions that, 'Oh, my goodness, the party is failing.' This is a bright, sunny day for the Republican Party of Florida.”


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:45pm]


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