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Miller on his Greer challenge: It'll be very close



Ericdmillerheadshot_2 What we think we know is that Jim Greer looks sure to win another term as RPOF Chair  Saturday in Orlando. He has Charlie Crist and every other elected Republican publicly backing Greer, despite A LOT of private grumbling about Greer's spending and style, and a lot of nasty anonymous e-mail traffic.


Eric Miller, Greer's chief opponent, insists we're wrong: "It's going to be close, very close. There are enough verbal commitments at this point to secure the victory, but Jim has said he has the votes too so some people are obviously riding the fence. ... If people will vote their conscience, and not for any other reason, then I think we'll be able win."

Miller will be at the Rosen Shingle Creek tomorrow, but don't look for him at Greer's big reception: "Instead of imbibing I will be resting up for Saturday morning."

"There seems to be in the (GOP) network pretty significant electricity for change. No one's defined what that change is except maybe a new leader. People have been grappling and looking around for a candidate,'' said Lee County Republican Chairman Gary Lee, who intends to support Greer's re-election because of Crist's endorsement. "When the governor and lieutenant governor takes a stance, it seems to me you've got to stand with your leader."

It is a secret ballot, so of course anything can happen. Miller said we're wrong to think a win by him would be a big upset, but it sure seems like a close election for Greer would be embarrassing.

Remember, Crist narrowly dodged a blow when Greer barely won last time, and the legislature responded by giving the governor and Republican legislative leaders more votes in the process. Crist, Jeff Atwater, and Ray Sansom today named their picks to the state executive committee.

Governor Crist’s Appointments to RPOF State Executive Committee: Ray Valdes; Beth Kigel; Scott Glover; Jim Stelling; Erwin Beck; Greg Truax; Jason Gonzalez; Deno Hicks; Mike Hightower; Julius Jackson. Senate President  Atwater’s: Sens Thad Altman, Mike Bennett, Charlie Dean, Alex Diaz de la Portilla, Mike Fasano, Andy Gardiner, Mike Haridopolos, Ken Pruitt, Garrett Richter, Ronda Storms. House Speaker Sansom’s: Reps. Sandy Adams, Dean Cannon, Jennifer Carroll, Steve Crisafulli, Chris Dorworth, Denise Grimsley, Adam Hasner, Matt Hudson, Steve Precourt, Will Weatherford.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:12pm]


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