Yesterday in a stunning move, Jim Greer, former Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, plead guilty to four counts of theft and one count of money laundering after previously pleading not-guilty to the same charges in 2010. The plea deal will allow Greer to avoid trial, and will leave a large number of unanswered questions for the people of Florida about the Republican Party.
Late yesterday, Libertarian Party of Florida Chairman and Gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie said, “The political establishment could never risk Greer taking the stand. Testimony in this trial could have severely damaged the reputations of some of the brightest stars in the Republican Party, and at least one prominent Democrat.”
In pretrial depositions, accusations of prostitutes, lavish fundraisers, expensive dinners, luxury accommodations and some unsettling personal behavior of Charlie Crist were just the tip of what may have been exposed at trial. Crist appointed Mr. Greer as chairman while serving as the Republican Governor of Florida. Now, Crist will likely be seeking the Governor’s seat again 2014. But this time, he’ll be running as a Democrat.
Greer’s attorney in the matter, Damon Chase, said that his client “decided to fall on his sword rather than burn down the house...the good folks at RPOF could learn about loyalty from Mr. Greer.”
“One wonders how Greer’s ‘loyalty’ will be repaid by the RPOF,” said Wyllie. “It appears we will never know how deeply the corruption and graft permeates the Republican Party of Florida.”
The Libertarian Party of Florida is the fastest-growing party in the state, and is expected to have their first statewide primary in 2014. Their platform promotes small government, economic freedom, and individual liberty. To date two Libertarians have filed to run for Governor of Florida and former Republican Party strategist Roger Stone, Jr. is considering a run as well as a Libertarian. It would be the first time in history a primary for the office of Governor of Florida has been run for the Libertarian Party.
“Floridians are increasingly realizing that both major parties are corrupt. Both parties seek to reduce your prosperity and your restrict freedom, often for their own benefit,” said Wyllie. “We Libertarians plan to take some of that power away from the government, and give it back to the people, where it belongs.”