Jim Greer's stimulus tight rope
Keep an eye on how RPOF Chairman Jim Greer deals with the stimulus package Charlie Crist campaigned for and every Florida Republican in Congress opposed. RNC Chairman Michael Steele - Greer's guy - even said on Fox News he might support primary challengers to the Republican senators who voted for the package. Wouldn't that logically mean RNC Chairman Michael Steele would be open to supporting a primary challenger to Crist, should he run for senate?
Here's the Greer statement on Obama's speech tonight, which basically boils down to stimulus good, pork bad:
Greer: Republicans in Florida and across the nation have long stood for lower taxes on families and businesses and smarter goverment spending. We continue to support those principles. However, the world's economy faces unprecedented challenges and we all agree that we cannot sit idly by and do nothing. We understand that our country must come together to get our economy back on track, help homeowners, and get Americans back to work, but we caution against burdening our children and grandchildren with an insurmountable debt. We also remind the administration that this country was built on self-starters and entreprenuers, personal responsibilty and accountability, and these values cannot be forgotten.
Gov. Charlie Crist comes from a family of self-starters and entreprenuers, and he has a special appreciation for hard work and taking charge of one's future. Recently named one of our nation's most fiscally-responsible Governors by the conservative Cato Institute, Gov. Crist understands the importance of maximizing every single taxpayer dollar.
The Republican Party of Florida has and will continue to fully support Gov, Crist in his efforts to ensure that Florida receives its full share and is able to use any federal economic stimulus dollars coming to our state to benefit all Floridians. That is why it is time to put political rhetoric aside and get down to the business of helping Florida and her families and small businesses first. We need innovative, bold ideas--NOT pork barrel spending. We look forward to hearing the deatails of the administration's plan and ensuring that is has mechanism for preventing irresponsible spending. Most importantly, we look forward to getting Florida back on the track to what we know will be a bright future.