Senators: No Parachute Promises for Jim Greer
Outgoing Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer is likely to leave office this week with no buyout package or assurance that he will not be ensnared in future probes into party spending on his watch, a pair of GOP senators said Wednesday.
Sens. Mike Haridopolos acknowledged that "numerous ideas" were exchanged between Greer and party leaders leading up to his decision to step down Saturday as chief of the nation's fourth largest Republican caucus.
"But there's nothing out there that binds the party to anything." said Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island.
Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, also insisted that no documents have been exchanged that give Greer a severance package or protection from any wrongdoing that could surface in audits of the party's books that are expected to be ordered at Saturday's party meeting. That meeting will also be used to elect a successor to serve out the remaining year of Greer's term.
Thrasher is among three candidates vying for the party leadership post.
Greer announced his resignation last month amid rising criticism from GOP fund-raisers and Republican legislative leaders about budget deficits plaguing the party as an election year opened.