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Jim Greer: George LeMieux came up w idea for 'secret' contract

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Part 2 of WTSP-Ch. 10's sympathetic report on Jim Greer: Oviedo, FL - Money, greed and political back stabbing appeared to have been common place in the Florida Republican Party effort to oust former Chairman Jim Greer and undermine Former Governor Charlie Crist's Senate bid.

Greer, who ended up in jail, has never talked about the inner workings of the Republican Party until now.

When 10 News asked Greer how this incident affected his life a year later, Greer choked up. He couldn't talk for more than 20 seconds and finally said, "Well, I can't get a job and I have no money to take care of my family because I have to give it all to my attorneys."

Greer says his problems began when he fired party fundraiser Meredith O'Rourke. O'Rourke was making $30,000 a month and 10% commission on everything she brought in. Greer says he underestimated her ties to the conservative wing of the party and influential lobbyists.

In retrospect Greer says, "I probably would not have messed with some of the powers that be that felt their little world was being encroached upon because they can come out with guns blazing and they did." He also says," I had one lobbyist tell me he was going to cutoff my f**kng head, put it in a plastic bag and throw it in a ditch."

Because of O'Rourke's ties to power brokers, Greer was having a rough time finding someone to replace her. That's when Greer and the executive director of the Republican Party created a company called Victory Strategies.

Victory Strategies got the same 10 % commission O'Rourke was getting, but not the $30,000 a month salary. According to Greer, U.S. Senator George LeMieux suggested he and the executive director of the party, Delmar Johnson take the job. Greer says he ran it by the Governor as well.

Full story and video here

[Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2011 9:31am]

    

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