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Jim Greer: "They just destroyed my life for no reason"



WTSP-Ch. 10: He is accused of lavish spending, forming a secret corporation and funneling Republican Party money to his own account. All of this led to the arrest of former Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer, who is now awaiting trial.


Greer has maintained silence about his arrest last year until now. He is talking for the first time to the 10 News Investigators.

"If they could have put Charlie Crist in prison they would have done that," Greer says.

One of Greer's attorneys, Damon Chase, says the entire episode is going to play out like a Shakespearean tragedy where everybody dies.

Another Greer lawyer, Cheney Mason says, "The case itself and the motive behind it is political corruption."

These people are talking about a series of events that involves or touches Senator Marco Rubio, former Governor Charlie Crist, former Senator George LeMieux, former Attorney General Bill McCollum, President of the Florida Senate Mike Haridoplos, Speaker of the House Dean Cannon, and State Senator John Thrasher, who at one time was the head of the Republic Party of Florida (RPOF).

Holding back tears Greer told us, "They just destroyed my life for no reason."

According to Greer, when it came to the leadership and the conservative wing of the party, "They never supported the governor and looked to turn on the governor." Greer adds, "And I was, as many said, the last man standing between the governor and the rest of the party."

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2011 2:34pm]


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