Almost feeling sorry for Jim Greer

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The fact that Jim Greer pleaded guilty Monday to grand theft and money laundering (a fraud charge was dropped), has the Republican Party of Florida and many current and former elected Republicans, as well as former Gov. Charlie Crist (who is now a Democrat) breathing a sigh of relief.

Whether those officials had anything to worry about or not, we may never know. But they are doubtlessly happy that Greer’s trial — which was bound to have a circus-like atmosphere — will not take place. Had the trial occurred, Greer — the former party chairman whose oversized frame competed with his oversized ego — had promised lots of dirt on a who’s who of Florida politics, including Crist, former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, former Republican Party of Florida Chairman John Thrasher, former Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Will Weatherford.

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Photo: Jim Greer cuts up his RPOF Amex. card.

The subject matter during the trial was certain to include Greer’s claims that party leaders were aware of all his dealings and gave their blessings, as well as a rehash of the spending habits of party leaders on its American Express cards — which included improper spending by former House Speaker Marco Rubio, now a U.S. senator. Additionally, testimony was expected about a party fund-raiser in the Bahamas in 2008 that included prostitutes — this, according to Delmar Johnson, the party’s former executive director under Greer, turned state’s star witness.

The fact that Greer pleaded guilty to four serious charges not only gives cover to those alleged by Greer to have had knowledge of his scheme, it saves the RPOF a lot more embarrassment. The guilty pleas also affect Greer’s civil trial against the RPOF. In that case, Greer had accused the party of reneging on a promise of $130,000 in compensation when he agreed to resign his post as party chairman in 2010. Greer had produced what amounted to a severance document that appeared to have been signed by Haridopolos and Thrasher. Before Greer released the document, both men had denied signing it.

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Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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5 Responses to “Almost feeling sorry for Jim Greer”

  1. MJ Says:

    good ridance– anyone else??– the Republican party must make some big changes if we are ever to win elections again

  2. Dan Says:

    Thank you!
    What a pleasure to read an objective analysis on this embarrassment.
    It’s encouraging to know that there are political consultants that are different from the usual run of Political Parasites, who masquerade as “consulates” and who keep getting undeserved publicity.
    Thanks again and keep it up.
    Dan C
    South Pasadena FL

  3. Noah Says:

    The real story here is who got to him. It reminds me of The Godfather Pt. 1, when Robert Duval, as Consigliere, visits the ex-Capo in prison, and discusses methods of how to off himself with dignity, rather than testify. This is just so dirty.
    -N

  4. Lois Says:

    Chris:

    I don’t feel sorry for Greer. I’ll never forget when Crist brought him to Miami to show him off to us. The question in the room was “Who is this man?”

    Nobody had ever heard of him and we could not imagine what Crist had done to us. That night was when I realized who Crist was. Then Greer attended an event in Miami sometime later and I had the chance to meet him. In that meeting I knew he was a joke.

    Now we discover he was also a thief and a liar, a misfit who with his crony Johnson nearly dragged down he Party. Of course, Party big wigs beginning with Crist must share the blame, especially Crist “Mr. Democrat.” When we think about it, he is worse than Greer. He literally shoved Greer down our throats when it was evidenced we did not want him…desperately using his Governorship to get the people to pretend we accepted him. Let the Democrats have him but I guarantee it will not be too long before they get rid of him too. Just look at him running around prostituting himself.

    When I think of how hard I and others like me worked to get that sorry excuse of a human being elected Governor, it infuriates me. Hopefully with the outcome of Greer’s plea bargain on Monday and the sorry excuse of a president election maybe all the baggage is gone and we can now get back to being the Party that I joined twenty-five years ago.

    I like your columns and read and pass them on to my friends.

    All he best,

    Lois

  5. andie4fun Says:

    I like your columns and read and pass them on to my friends.

    All he best,

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