Did Greer commit a crime here? It depends who you ask. There is no love lost between moderate Republicans in Florida and their Conservative comrades in arms. But, at the same time, I believe McCollum did the right thing in referring this to law enforcement.The investigation targeted Jim Greer, who resigned as state party chairman in January amid accusations that he misspent party funds, a political source confirmed.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement did not identify Greer by name but said in a statement that it was investigating "possible criminal activity surrounding a former senior official of the Republican Party of Florida and Victory Strategies, LLC."
The Orlando Sentinel newspaper reported that Greer was the majority owner of Victory Strategies and that the company benefited from a secret contract that paid it commissions on money raised for the party.
Greer could not immediately be reached for comment but previously denied misspending party funds. Considered a moderate, he said in January that he had been wrongly accused by party conservatives who were conducting an ideological purge that threatened to split the party ahead of crucial November elections.
On the heels of Bondagegate, this is embarrassing for the GOP, but it is good. It gets all of it out of the way before election season begins. And, if it is Republicans policing their own party, it will defang the Democrats, who are chomping at the bit to use it. They can't use it if Republicans kill it, can they? My prediction? The Democrats will have nothing to use this fall.
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