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Greer straddles on stimulus



Okay, this is getting confusing. Charlie Crist backs the $800-billion stimulus package, even if he doesn't care to talk about the details. But Crist's annointed state GOP Chairman, Jim Greer, after chastising Republican critics of that package, now clarifies that he's not sold on it yet, though he digs the concept bi-partisan stimulus. Nothing like Nancy Pelosi issuing a press release casting you as an ally to get a GOP chairman's attention. Greer sent this tonight:

“I appreciate Speaker Pelosi inviting me to join in a discussion of the Democrat Spending Bill today as her official office issued a press release touting my support for this legislation. However, I would have been more grateful had she checked the facts first.

“Under my leadership the Republican Party of Florida fully supports Governor Crist in his efforts to ensure that Florida receives its full share and is able to use any federal economic stimulus dollars coming to our state to benefit all Floridians. Here in Florida, and across the nation, Governors, members of Congress and other elected officials are looking at this legislation from different perspectives due to their individual responsibilities. Charlie Crist is doing what he should be doing as Governor – FIGHTING FOR FLORIDA.

“As a Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, I support the idea that a plan is needed to stimulate the economy. I also support several facets of the current House and Senate plans including reducing taxes, creating jobs, and providing important funding for certain essential services.  However, what I do not support are the Democrats’ efforts to use this legislation as an opportunity to fulfill every spending promise they've ever made on the campaign trail.

“As this bill moves into conference, I would hope that the bipartisan tone demonstrated today in Florida results in the removal of the unnecessary pork barrel spending contained in the current House and Senate versions of this important legislation.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:20pm]


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