Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Jim Greer: "Attack me, but leave my family out"



From the Seminole Chronicle chats with Jim and Lisa Greer:


(LISA:) We aren't a perfect family - who is - but we do have to expect at some point, someone will tell these cowardly, anonymous bullies to stop."

Jim put his hand on Lisa's shoulder to calm her down and continued for her. "Look, I got into politics," he said. "I know it is a nasty business. But there are people and companies who are paid to trash you if you have an opinion that is different than theirs, or if they simply want to profit from your demise.

"I get it. Attack me, but leave my family out of it.

"This isn't how governing is supposed to happen. ...It's one of the reason's the discourse is so hostile."

Though the mood in the Greer's home was on the somber side, it doesn't mean that they aren't ready to fight back with all their might. On Easter Sunday, surrounded by family and traditional Easter food, they still managed to set aside time to meet with their attorney, Damon Chase, to discuss legal options.

Yet, as dismayed with the process and as drawn by the conflict as the Greer family seems, walking out into the driveway of their home, one can't help but notice the four big letters on a much-faded sticker of the family car: RPOF.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:27am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours