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Greer: I may yank party officer's position



A disgusted Florida Republican Chairman Jim Greer said tonight that longtime Hillsborough state committeewoman Carol Carter may lose her position because of the racial joke she sent in an e-mail alluding to African-Americans at Barack Obama's inauguration.

"Carol Carter has been a hard-working, loyal Republican for many years, but this action I have no tolerance for, regardless of the circumstances or intent," a furious Greer said of Carter's e-mail reported tonight on the Buzz. "I am currently considering all options, including my authority to remove her from the office of state committeewoman. I'm pretty much done with those sorts of inappropriate and, and -- I am at a loss for words. I just came back from Washington, D.C., working to get our first African-American elected as (Republican National Committee) chairman. It's one thing to have a person express their thoughts and humor. It's another to have a leader of the Republican Party. I'm just done with it."

Hillsborough has been a magnet for racially charged controversies in the Republican Party in recent months. Former county chairman David Storck was roundly criticized for forwarding an e-mail lamenting the many African-Americans voting early in the presidential election, and former state party finance chairman Al Austin apologized for forwarding an e-mail joke referring to the killing of Obama.

Adam Smith


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:18pm]


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