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Secret recording details conversation between RPOF's Jim Greer and Delmar Johnson



republican_meeting.jpgDelmar Johnson, former executive director of the Republican Party of Florida, brought Easter presents for the children when he arrived at former party chairman Jim Greer’s house in Oviedo on the night of March 29, 2010.

Greer’s children were happy to see “Uncle Gar Gar,” godfather to Aiden, Greer’s toddler son.

Together the two men discussed the finances of Victory Strategies, the company Greer and Johnson created in early 2009, and a severance agreement that was supposed to pay Greer $124,000. They also spent time speculating about who might have conspired to force Greer out of his job, what party auditors would find and whether Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs was conducting a criminal investigation.

Greer (pictured, right) seemed unaware of how much money Victory Strategies had collected from the party, at one point wondering what he had done with “all that money.’’

Damon Chase, the lawyer who represents Greer says the conversation — which was secretly recorded by Johnson as part of an immunity deal with prosecutors and released this week— makes it appear that Johnson was running the company.

“It is the smoking gun that completely exonerates Greer,’’ Chase said Thursday. He said additional documents from the party will also exonerate Greer.

Read Lucy Morgan's story here.

See an FDLE report detailing the two-hour conversation by clicking here.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 5:09pm]


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