More GOP lawmakers want Greer out as party boss


Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer thanks party activists for a vote of confidence Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 by the executive board of the state GOP during its quarterly meeting in Tallahassee, Fla. Some county chairmen and public officeholders have urged Greer to resign because of his open support for Gov. Charlie Crist in the U.S. Senate race and his taking sides in some other GOP primaries. But the executive panel approved a motion stating confidence in Greer, who told the panel he also has support of Crist and state Cabinet and legislative leaders.

Tallahassee Democrat, Bill Cotterell/The Associate
Published: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 1:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 1:13 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — More top Republican officials want embattled state party chairman Jim Greer to resign.

Former House speakers Dan Webster and Tom Feeney were among several influential former lawmakers included in a letter Monday from former state Rep. Ron Richmond that urged Greer to quit.

The letter said long-standing momentum to build the Republican Party into the majority party in Florida over the years has deteriorated under Greer, whom they accused of wasteful spending of contributions intended for political purposes.

The letter said Greer's leadership has been tumultuous and created strife among the party faithful.

Republican Party leaders are meeting this weekend in Orlando and Greer's status might be addressed.

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