RPOF Chairman will likely be gone by Christmas
By Chris Ingram
The latest from the Jim Greer fiasco is more rumors that he has resigned and Charlie has accepted his resignation. Certainly between Charlie and Greer, the two of them must have enough gray matter between their ears to figure Jim Greers tenure as RPOF Chairman is going to end one way or another.
I was not able to confirm this with attribution but lets just say the three people I spoke with are all credible sources, one of whom said if Greer doesnt resign before the middle of next week, hell be functionally dead by the time we finish with him. He added, If hes not [politically] dead by Tuesday, I dont know much about politics, this came from someone with more than three decades of service to the GOP.
Sources say at least two Republican Members of Congress have signed on to a letter calling for Greer to resign. This is in addition to over sixty party leaders on the RPOF Executive Committee who have signed the rescind Greer letter. On top of that, four out of five of the living past RPOF Chairs are reported to have signed onto a similar letter and former Chairman Tom Slade will have an op-ed piece in a major Florida paper this week blasting Greer and asking Charlie to get rid of him.
The wild card in all this is the Republican members of the Florida House and Senate. Many of these bozos have (or have had) RPOF Amex cards which they would probably rather not explain the expenses on said cards to voters (and probably their wives). As such, theyve stuck with Greer, who has protected them by not releasing the Amex details. As a source of contention, this matter has been/will be diffused with Alan Bense reported to be the interim/post-Greer Chairman selected by Charlie and House/Senate leaders. Bense is believed to believe there is no benefit in exposing inappropriate charges to RPOF credit cards (nothing like protecting your buddies, but hey, well be rid of Greer at least!). Rather, Bense apparently favors putting this matter to rest by ridding the party of Greer and moving on. Thats something the RPOF Executive Committee will have to decide, and if it does in fact go that way, the PROF Budget Committee will hopefully put checks and balances in place to ensure another Greer-type chairmanship doesnt lead to a repeat of the last two years.
In conclusion, I hate to sound like a broken record with all the Greer is gone talk, but let me say this: Ive been working in politics for twenty years and I will be shocked if Greer isnt gone by Christmas, and I will shave my head if hes still the chairman of the RPOF on February 1, 2010. I dont have much hair to begin with, so dont get too excited
Hopefully Charlie will find him some state Park Ranger job in the depths of the Everglades in Monroe County making eighty grand a year heck, thats four times what hed have ever made sacking groceries at Publix, which is where hed be if he had never met Charlie Crist.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: [email protected].