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Ten unanswered questions about the Fla GOP saga



From today's print Buzz column:

Ten questions we may or may not see answered in the coming weeks and months:

1. Was Delmar Johnson the only beneficiary of the $260,000 in fundraising fees earned by Victory Strategies, or did anyone else get a piece of that?

2. Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum knew of that secret contract a month ago, so why did it take so long for him to publicly denounce it?

3. Is the IRS going to take a look at some of the perks being funded by the state GOP?

4. Why did Charlie Crist insist until the very end that Greer should remain chairman amid so many allegations of improper spending, and why did legislative leaders ignore the allegations for so long?

5. Will leading candidates for GOP chairman, Sharon Day and John Thrasher, reach a deal so one of them drops out before Saturday's election?

6. Why are legislative leaders so aggressively fighting Day's candidacy? Carole Jean Jordan was a product of the grass roots, and nobody seemed to think she was a disaster.

7. Would major donors stop contributing to the Florida GOP if Thrasher is not chairman, as his supporters suggest?

8. Will Marco Rubio, developing a reputation for evasiveness, publicly back either Thrasher or Day?

9. Will other Florida GOP consulting contracts face greater scrutiny?

10. Why is it that no one who had a party credit card supports their statements being released and only people who didn't have them — Crist and gubernatorial candidate Paula Dockery, for instance — want them released?

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:19pm]


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