By Javier Manjarres
Former disgraced Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Boss, Jim Greer has just plead guilty to grand theft and money laundering charges that could find the former Chairman spending up to four years behind bars. Greer’s boss at the time he committed his crimes, Governor Charlie Crist was supposed to testify in the case, but will now be spared the public scrutiny and possible embarrassment, now that an agreement has been hammered out.
Senator Marco Rubio has been at the center of this ongoing drama between the State Republican Party, Greer, and Charlie Crist since 2009, when Rubio’s Republican party issued American Express card was at the center of attention during his Senatorial race. Rubio’s credit card records were leaked to the press, bringing upon considerable embarrassment to the Senator, when personal items and services that were purchased by Rubio, were listed on the credit card statements. Rubio stated that he repaid all of the ‘non-business’ related charges made on the card.
It was rumored that Greer leaked these records to the media, and Rubio himself even accused Greer of the leak during the 2010 Senatorial race that had Rubio and Crist squared-off against one another in a highly contentious Republican primary race. Many of Rubio’s detractors were foaming at the mouth, in hopes that more dirt would come out on the Senator, if Greer’s trial were to drag on.
Rubio only comment, when asked to comment on Greer’s plea agreement, was a simple “no comment.” And why should Rubio say anything? Think about it, if they had anything on Rubio, they would have used it on him during his 2010 Senatorial race.
The state Republican Party blames Crist for selecting Greer as chairman, and Rubio himself even defended and voted for Greer’s re-election in January of 2009 for the top position within the RPOF. Rubio’s decision to support was obviously prior to Greer’s ‘colorful’ business practices coming to light.
“Today, Jim Greer, the man Charlie Crist personally picked to lead the Republican Party of Florida, admitted his guilt to five felony charges. For the past three years, Jim Greer has tried to damage the reputation of the Republican Party and its leaders, but the truth is now known that Jim Greer broke the law, stole from RPOF and our donors, and then said and did everything he could to cover up and distract attention from his crimes. Everything Jim Greer has said and done over these past few years should be considered in that light.”-RPOF
But while the party points fingers at Crist, should they also be pointed the finger at some of the Greer/Crist era hold outs still working within, or associated with the RPOF?
While there are still some past Crist/Greer sympathizers in the bunch, it would be hard to make any allegations stick, other than they were associates and employees during Greer’s reign atop the state GOP.