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Greer Calls January Meeting, Expect Fireworks

Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer bowed Tuesday to the demands of dissidents – sort of.

The embattled leader set Jan. 9 for a special meeting demanded by vice-chairman Allen Cox and at least 50 other party leaders who signed a petition calling for Greer to either resign or they would push for his ouster.

But Greer said party rules do not allow for his opponents to call for rescinding results of the vote last year in which 77 percent of party leaders re-elected him to a second, two-year term.

“The RPOF Constitution and Rules do not permit consideration of a motion to rescind the election of an officer,” Greer wrote in a letter to members of the state executive committee.

Republican Party Spokeswoman Katie Gordon Betta acknowledged that Greer's response effectively sets the stage for a wide-ranging discussion of the chairman’s job performance, but not a vote to remove him.

In a defiant letter sent to the same audience Monday night, Greer said he will “absolutely not” resign and blamed much of the dissent within the party on members supporting Marco Rubio in the Republican U.S. Senate primary against Gov. Charlie Crist, whom the chairman backed.    

“I’m sure there will be a plethora of issues for them to discuss” at the Jan. 9 meeting, Betta said.

Cox, who repeated his call Tuesday for Greer to step down, told the News Service of Florida, “It’s not about Rubio. It’s about the money.”

While Greer has maintained that the party has a $1.5 million budget surplus, Cox, who was stripped last week of his role as budget committee chairman for leaking internal documents to the media, said the Florida GOP is running a $4 million operating deficit under Greer.

Wakulla County state committeeman Allison DeFoor said that if the move to rescind the January 2009 election is not allowed, it’s likely that a “no confidence” vote would be put before the entire party executive committee, which includes roughly 240 leaders.

“My guess is that he can count, and that’s why he’s not allowing the vote we want,” DeFoor said.

While Greer, a former Oviedo city councilman chosen to be party leader by Crist, has blamed Rubio forces for the party upheaval, a maverick Republican gubernatorial candidate also weighed-in Tuesday against him.

Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, demanded that Greer release credit-card records and “expenditures of party donations” going back to his election as chairman in 2007.

“It is simply time to come clean, put the records on the table, admit any wrongdoing and move on with the task at hand: uniting the GOP and defeating Democrats with conservative Republicans in 2010,” Dockery said.

“If Chairman Jim Greer doesn’t understand this, then perhaps he should step aside for the sake of party unity,” she concluded.

Another state senator, Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, also told the News Service that Greer should step aside – for no other reason than to remove himself as the focus of dissent.

“It’s just time to settle this controversy,” Bennett said. “He doesn’t seem to realize that leading a political party isn’t an individual sport. It’s a team sport. And he’s losing the team.”

Greer, however, retains Crist’s support and earlier this month earned overwhelming support in an unscheduled confidence vote put before members of the party’s executive board, meeting in Tallahassee.

On Tuesday, House Speaker-designate Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, and Sen. Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, tapped as the next Senate president, both refused to weigh-in on whether Greer should go.

“It is a messy situation, though,” Cannon conceded.

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  1. Some think the climate e-mails leaked by a whistleblower are just a mere distraction and charges of collusion and fraud are overblown and should be ignored.

    Some think questions about inappropriate, irresponsible Party expenditures by RPOF Chairman Greer, his allowing unauthorized people to use Amex cards, his systematic purging the Party of conservatives and members who voice disagreement with him, and his ignoring Party rules should just be swept under the rug or handled by the powerbroker insiders in the Party.

    They are wrong.

    To protect their professional integrity and the sanctity of the scientific process, honorable scientists must call for expulsion of those who faked climate data, suppressed climate facts, misled and misinformed.

    To convince the voter the Republican Party has the credibility and moral authority to lead this great nation, the public must be given the answers to the charges. Were donations given in good faith misappropriated? What is the financial status of the Party? Who was given Amex cards? Should they have had them and did they use them? How did Greer violate the Party rules? What are the answers to all the other charges?

    Do Republicans operate their Party in the sunshine on such important matters or do they operate under the cover of hush-hush closed meetings as Senator Reed and the Democrats did in writing the Obamacare (a.k.a. the government takeover of healthcare) bill?

  2. Greer hasthe Goods on MCcollum and Crist who are keeping him in power. Dockery Rocks and I hope she wins the primary against Howdy Doody McCollum. THe sun rail bailout showed Mccollum and Crist are both RINOs.

  3. What follows are excerpts from my letter a year ago to RPOF Executive Committee Members before deciding whether to re-elect Greer as Chairman of the RPOF in January, 2009. I resigned as State Committee Woman from St. Johns County after my Republican Executive County Board and members did not support me in questioning the changes in the Party Loyalty Oath/Election Law Sec. 103.161 and Greer's conduct and fiscal responsibility as Chairman.

    DATE: December 29, 2008

    To: County Chairmen, State Committeemen, and State Committeewomen of the Republican Party of Florida

    Dear Republican friends:

    Choosing the RPOF Chairman is an enormously important decision all of you will have to make in January 2009. I believe the actual survival of our Party as a viable political competitor depends on your choice. The situation is really that serious. I will pray for God to guide you, and I hope you will accept that my comments reflect genuine concerns that many of our Republican friends and your constituents have about the future of the GOP.

    We just experienced a devastating election, except for the courage and vision of our Georgia citizens who wisely rose to stop the election of a filibuster-proof Senate. Today we are facing corruption and decadence not only in government but in too many organizations in our beloved country. We also face an incoming administration that has been elected by wealthy anti-American narcissists like George Soros, a power hungry Democratic leadership, and radical leftist groups. The Republican Party was not up to the task in this last election because many of our elected officials and party leaders squandered the political capital we, the hard-working grassroots workers, had given them. Sadly, they thought of their own self-interests first, abandoning the Republican Principles that Ronald Reagan never forgot. If we are to save the GOP and our country from a complete socialist takeover, we must first begin by cleaning our own house.

    We need a fresh start in 2009; therefore, I ask you to not fall into the trap of voting for the same Chairman, Jim Greer, just because you like him, or you don’t want to blame anyone, or you feel you owe him. This is not about whether you like Jim Greer as a person or whether he is a friend. This election is not about any political obligations or friendships. This is about having the vision to wisely choose a strong, principled, dedicated leader who will bring unity to the Party, lead us to victory and preserve the future of our Party and our beloved country!

    The most important job of the Chairman of the Party is to make sure we win elections. Jim Greer must take responsibility for the loss to Obama in Florida. As Republicans, we must demand accountability from our elected officials. RPOF carried out a poor campaign. As an American of Hispanic origin, I can testify that the Hispanic outreach was poor to non-existent. The grassroots efforts were not there. It is not about how many telephone calls we make; it is about the effectiveness of our campaign. In contrast, the Democrats worked hard in their own precincts, becoming visible and active in their respective communities. Building an effective campaign cannot be accomplished in just a few months before a major election, and it cannot be done by calling people from a headquarters and talking to a complete stranger. Each precinct captain has the responsibility to know and understand his/her precinct. That was the grassroots campaign orchestrated by RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman in 2004 and the results showed this strategy works!

    Jim Greer chose to spend too much money in ineffective campaigning, in parties, events, and travel for him and his entourage of several people. We do not win by giving out extravagant parties to our Republican friends. We win by focusing on our precincts and working hard in each block of our neighborhoods! We win by being fiscally responsible.

    As chairman, Jim Greer did not stand for the conservative principles of the Republican Party, although he campaigned as a conservative when seeking the chairmanship. For example, he, along with Governor Crist, has been willing to support the global warming hysterics of Al Gore and his radical friends and has also supported voting rights for felons.

    In the summer of 2007, Chairman Greer supported the changes in the Election Law (see Florida Statute 103.161 attached) that gave him, the party chairman, “sole discretion” to remove any leader for violating the “oath of office.” As you know, the new loyalty oath of office is now an oath to the chairman rather than to the Party. Under this law, the chairman has the power to remove SCM and SCW i.e. to overthrow a county-wide election. No American should be forced to give loyalty to one person in order to exercise his/her right to be a political activist. Our country is about freedom of speech and assembly; it is about “We The People”, not “they the government”, who serve at our pleasure, not we at theirs. If we cannot even institute the principles of our Constitution in our own state Party, then where can we? Do we have the moral authority as a Party to lead?

    Chairman Greer was ineffective in designing a comprehensive winning strategy and implementing it. The Party can only become efficient by gathering valuable insight information and knowledge from the respective county leaders, allowing them to work their precincts in the way it works well for each county, instead of receiving orders from Tallahassee that can be detrimental to the campaign. In other words, no one knows each county better than those who live and serve there; that knowledge cannot be replaced by mandatory paperwork and assignments from the Chairman and brought to each county by naïve staff members who do not know the county.

    I have been informed that Chairman Greer has shown favoritism and partisanship during his tenure. If true, this bias is detrimental to Party survival. If you received RPOF funds to run your campaigns, please do not feel obligated to vote for Jim Greer. RPOF money is to be spent helping elect Republicans. Our rules require our chairman treat all candidates equally and not unilaterally give funds to some and not others. We must not imitate the Chicago Democratic Machine that, as David Axelrod defends, demands “pay for play.”

    Each of you has a responsibility to your county Republican constituents, to the Party principles, and to your country. No one should feel that he/she owes anything to the government or a Party official. It is time to uphold the highest degree of ethics in the GOP. If we just go along to be liked then we are part of the problem: the corruption in government, the failure to win elections, and the failure to save our country from a Marxist takeover. Please stand up for our rights as representatives of our respective counties, for our freedom, and for our Christian values.

    Elvira F. Hasty, Ph.D.
    Former SCW---St. Johns County