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Daniel Ruth column: Florida GOP scandal getting somewhere: Enter the trollops!

Published Nov. 16, 2012

From Times columnist Daniel Ruth:

At last! Now we're getting somewhere. Enter the trollops.

Until recently, the tawdry tale of Jim Greer's former stewardship of the Republican Party of Florida has revolved around allegations the indicted chairman diverted $200,000 in GOP money to a shadow company he created to handle fundraising.

Greer is scheduled to go on trial in February on money laundering and grand theft charges. But criminal allegations aside, finally the Greer saga has morphed into something more closely resembling "The Real Middle-Aged Randy Men of Tallahassee."

As scandals go, Greer's alleged chicanery has been about as entertaining as Mitt Romney attempting standup comedy. After all, so far the Greer case has involved moving some money around, and the state's more prominent Republicans - like Sen. Marco Rubio, outgoing House Speaker Dean Cannon, outgoing Senate President Mike Haridopolos, current Senate big-shot John Thrasher and former Gov. Charlie Crist - all attempting to pretend they hardly knew the chairman at all.

Thank goodness for Delmar Johnson, who served as Greer's Renfield in the state party organization.

Column here.

Posted by Amy Hollyfield at 11:59:12 am on November 15, 2012