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Jim Greer on RPOF's campaign against justices: 'Floridians should be scared to death'



At least one Republican doesn't like the GOP's decision to oppose the merit retention of three Florida Supreme Court judges.

In a statement released Monday night, former Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer said the party "has no business interfering or attempting to manipulate the makeup of the Florida Supreme Court or the state's judiciary."

Greer said the move is just the latest in a series of steps taken to punish those who uphold constitutional protections that don't match the party leadership's "it's our way.''

"Floridians should be scared to death,'' Greer added. "As chairman, I never would have permitted it, it's wrong and needs to be stopped.''

"If these justices are removed, their political-lackey governor gets to appoint their replacements. They're abusing their power to stack the deck in favor of their otherwise indefensible defense to Jim Greer on the court which will ultimately decide their fate. It's an unimaginative page straight from 'The Pelican Brief.' "

Party officials aren't likely to listen. Greer is charged with stealing about $200,000 from the party with a phoney fundraising company. He faces trial on multiple felony counts in February.

Lucy Morgan, Times Senior Correspondent

[Last modified: Monday, September 24, 2012 8:30pm]


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