Florida GOP Chairman Greer to resign


Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer talks with reporters after receiving a vote of confidence from the executive committee of the Florida Republican Party in Tallahassee, Fla. on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009. There had been calls for Greer's resignation because of his open support of Gov. Charlie Crist in a hot GOP primary for the U.S. Senate and controversies over spending by some party leaders.

Tallahassee Democrat, Bill Cotterell/The Associate
Published: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:45 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Republican Party of Florida's chairman is resigning.

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About Thrasher

Former House Speaker John Thrasher is in line to replace Jim Greer as chairman of the Florida Republican Party.
Thrasher, 66, is a lawyer and lobbyist who served as House speaker from 1996 to 1998.
He was first elected to the House in 1992.
The Vietnam veteran also served as a member of the Clay County School Board and was a former lobbyist for the Florida Medical Association.
After leaving the Legislature in 1998, Thrasher resumed his lobbying career with Southern Strategy Group, one of Tallahassee’s top lobbying firms.
He was elected to the Senate last fall to replace the late state Sen. Jim King, R-Jacksonville.

Party insiders said Jim Greer will announce Tuesday that he plans to quit next month, but did not want to be named because Greer hadn't informed the party's executive board. A conference call was scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Major donors and some party leaders have increasingly called for Greer to step down, citing questionable party spending, lackluster fundraising and division among party loyalists.

Gov. Charlie Crist hand-picked Greer for the position in 2007 and has steadfastly defended him.

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