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Jim Greer arrested

Greermug.jpg Jim Greer, the big-spending former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, was arrested Wednesday morning at his Central Florida home amid a widening probe of corruption connected to the state GOP.

The charges against Greer, 47, were not immediately announced, but the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it will hold an 11:30 a.m. news conference to discuss a ''major arrest.''

Greer, pressured to resign from the party in February, has been under FDLE investigation since spring after the new party leaders discovered he was profiting from what they said was a clandestine consulting contract he struck with the party.

While Greer took shots from numerous rank-and-file Republicans, Gov. Charlie Crist stood firmly by him. Crist picked Greer to lead the party in 2007, despite the grumblings of numerous Republicans who didn't know Greer.

(Story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:40am]

    

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