Charlie Crist Wants Feds To Prosecute Republican Party of Florida
Florida Republicans are always good for a laugh (Katherine Harris, etc.) or terrible scandal that destroys the national GOP during an election year (Mark Foley, etc.), so let's see what's going down in the "Alligator State" right now! Oh, look, jeez, the former Republican chair Jim Greer is being investigated for assigning his own company a "secret contract" from the Republican Party of Florida worth $200,000, and spending a million bucks of the party's money on fancy European vacations. Charlie Crist, who picked Jim Greer for the GOP job, is not happy about this! He's calling in the Feds!
As this humorous local news report shows, Jim Greer had a *deal* with the state GOP: He would be praised for all of his financial dealings being "on the up-and-up" and he would get a big severance check, the end. Right? Wrong, this is Florida! This is where the Mafia keeps summer mansions.
Oh and guess who reportedly spent big chunks of this pilfered money donated by Good Republican Floridians? Marco Rubio, the far-right wingnut running against Crist for the U.S. Senate. Rubio's been using Republican Party of Florida credit cards for "thousands of dollars of personal expenditures."
And here, from the Orlando Sentinel, is our buried lede:
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Charlie Crist said Friday that the criminal investigation into the fundraising scandal surrounding his own hand-picked former Republican Party chairman should be transferred to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tallahassee, suggesting that tax violations could have occurred..
Crist made the request Friday in a one-paragraph letter that cited "the potential IRS implications" of the probe, which was ordered earlier this week by fellow Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum when he forwarded the findings of a party audit to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.