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Crist Denies Greer Allegations

June 7th, 2010 by Mike Vasilinda

An attorney for former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer, who was indicted last week on six counts of fraud and money laundering, is now saying a complex contract giving a company controlled by Greer a ten percent take in GOP fundraising was legal and blessed by the Governor. But as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the Governor is singing another tune.

As the indictment of former GOP Chairman Jim Greer unfolded last Wednesday, Governor Charlie Crist was prepared with a statement.

I have faith in our judicial system,” Crist said. “I know that they will handle it appropriately.

Crist denied knowing about Greers private company getting a ten percent cut of every dollar the GOP raised.

But Greers attorney, Damon Chase of Orlando, told us by phone that the fundraising contract was legal.

This one was identical to the rest of them,” Chase said. “The governor approved it. He said, Yeah, you guys deserve it. You work hard. He said that several times about it.

Crist has another version.

Absolutely untrue,” Crist said. “You know, sometimes desperate people say desperate things and it is very sad.

The Republican Party said last week it was right to go to police with concerns about finances. Monday, it wasnt talking.

The Republican Party of Florida declined to be interviewed for this story. They have a legal battle ongoing with Greer over severance.

But Florida Democrats have plenty to say.

Reporter: Charlie Crist says, I called for the investigation that brought the indictment…

Well, Charlie, of course, desperate people say desperate things,” Eric Jotkoff, Florida Democratic Party Spokesman said.

Next stop in the legal battle: depositions of everyone involved, guaranteeing the case will drag on for months if not years.

Crist hand picked Greer to lead the Republican Party. He also sought the Grand Jury that eventually indicted the former Chairman.

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