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Jim Greer gets vote of confidence from state GOP board



Reports of Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer's demise proved greatly exaggerated Thursday.

Under fire by some in his party for his performance, Greer got a vote of confidence Thursday from the GOP's executive board, composed of party leaders representing each of Florida's congressional districts.

At a meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Tallahassee, party leaders and more than 100 guests in the audience applauded as Greer noted that he still enjoys the strong backing of Gov. Charlie Crist. The positive response followed a motion by national committeeman Paul Senft. The vote was 25 to 2.

As Greer thanked party executive director Delmar Johnson for his hard work, he appeared to allude to the noise surrounding his leadership.

"When you hear some of the static going around, you don't always think how that affects the staff," Greer said.

The chairman also predicted a banner year for Republicans in 2010, in Florida and nationally. "It's time to send a message to Washington -- Republicans know how to govern," Greer said.

-- Steve Bousquet

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:09pm]


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