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Jim Greer's tell-all book coming in June



Just in time for the governor's race, former Florida GOP Chairman' Jim Greer's book is coming out in June, according to Amazon. It's called "The Chairman: The Rise and Betrayal of Jim Greer." And Greer is due to be released from prison July 5, just in time for a book tour.

Here's the description on Amazon:

The Chairman, a Shakespearean tale of friendship and betrayal to rival Hamlet, is the harrowing story of Jim Greer, a man loyal to a fault to Florida governor Charlie Crist, his benefactor.

From 2006 to 2010, Greer served as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. In 2010, controversies arose involving party finances and spending behavior by state elected officials. Despite evidence that supported Greer's claim that top party officials knew about the arrangements, Greer choose to end his trial and surprised many by pleading guilty in 2013. Greer trusted Crist to protect him from the onslaught of the Tea Party wing of the party, only to watch as Crist stabbed him in the back and helped send him to prison in order to try to save his own political career.

It's also a political tell-all about how wealth begets power in Republican-led Florida state politics. The book details the secret deals, the dirty pool, the payoffs. Featuring political treachery at every turn, it's also a personal, inside look at the brotherly relationship between Greer and Crist and the ruthlessness of potential presidential candidate Marco Rubio and attorney general Bill McCollum.

[Last modified: Monday, April 28, 2014 4:45pm]


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