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Former Republican Leaders Call for Greer to Step Down

January 4th, 2010 by Mike Vasilinda

There are new calls tonight for Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer to step down over party finances and his premature endorsement of the Charlie Crist campaign. Nine former Republican leaders in the state House now say Greer must go, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the chairman has the support of one key individual who could keep him in the job.

Ray Sansom, the indicted former House Speaker, ran up 173 thousand dollars on a GOP credit card. Party chairman Jim Greer, who allowed the spending spree, bought limo rides and expensive dinners. Now nine former House Republican leaders say it is time for Greer to go.

A lot of people are not giving because Greer is the Chairman, Former House Republican Leader Ron Richmond said.

And they think he misspent money?

They really believe that he misspent money,” Richmond said.

Greer has personally endorsed Charlie Crists bid for the US Senate, angering many in the party. Political Scientist Bob Crew says the noise level inside the party is unusually high.

Its indicative that there is more than the average level problems in the party, it seems to me,” Crew said.

At state Republican headquarters, bumper stickers for GOP candidates sit on the front desk. Missing, though, is one for Crist opponent, Marco Rubio.

We are told that Governor Charlie Crist views this fight as a personal attack, and for that reason has been the embattled chairmans most ardent supporter.

Greer was in the GOP office Monday but refused comment via a spokeswoman. Former GOP leader Richmond says the call for Greer to resign has nothing to do with the US Senate race.

Forget about Rubio-Crist.” Richmond said. “There are Rubio supporters and Crist supporters, and then some of us who havent decided between the two in our group.

A group of former state senate leaders is also expected to join the call for Greers ouster on Tuesday.

Greer faces a bitter debate about his leadership at a GOP meeting in Orlando on Saturday.

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