GOP chairman arrested
Turns out he's a dirty crook like the rest of them
Jim Greer, the big-spending former chairman of
the Republican Party of Florida, was arrested
Wednesday amid a widening probe of corruption
connected to the state GOP.
Greer, 47, is accused of grand theft, money laundering
and organized scheme to defraud, officials said.
It is the first indictment in a corruption probe
ordered by Gov. Charlie Crist, who personally chose Greer to run the state
The charges are related to a company Greer created
and to which he secretly funneled party money.
Greer, pressured to resign from the party in February,
has been under FDLE investigation since spring after the new
party leaders discovered he was profiting from
what they said was a clandestine consulting contract he struck with the
While Greer took shots from numerous rank-and-file
Republicans, Crist stood firmly by him.
Crist picked Greer to lead the party in 2007,
despite grumbling by numerous Republicans who didn't know Greer.
When asked if he could have done anything differently
with Greer, Crist would only say this spring:
''I didn't have a crystal ball. Neither did you.''
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