Wednesday, August 18, 2010

RPOF: Florida Republicans Hammer Crist for Returning Money to Indicted Greer

From an RPOF Press Release on Monday:

...Florida Republicans are still fuming over Senate candidate Charlie Crist's decision to deny GOP donors' requests for his campaign to return their money after Crist bolted the party to run as an independent. That anger reached new heights today when news broke that Crist had returned nearly $10,000 to indicted former state party chairman, Jim Greer.

"Reports that Charlie Crist immediately processed a refund for his hand-picked chairman and close friend in order to help Mr. Greer pay legal bills associated with multiple felony counts of grand theft from the very organization Charlie Crist charged him with leading are astonishing," said Ronnie Whitaker, the Executive Director of the Florida Republican Party.

"Charlie Crist's blatant self-serving hypocrisy is insulting," said Amber Marchand, spokeswoman for the NRSC, the GOP arm responsible for electing Republicans to the US Senate."Crist once again demonstrated his complete lack of character and principle."

..."It should surprise no one that despite refusing to return a single penny to Floridians who gave to him in good faith, Charlie Crist wasted no time in refunding money to his indicted political confidante," Alex Burgos, Rubio's communications director said to Fox News.
What do you think?  Personally, I find it pretty hypocritical that Crist managed to refund Greer's money so quickly while he has continued to refuse to give any refunds to the many Republican donors who contributed to his campaign in good faith, only to be betrayed when Crist not only abandoned the party to run as an independent, but almost immediately began courting Democrat donors and voters.  Worse is the common belief that, if elected, Crist would caucus with the Democrats.  Call me crazy, but I would guess that most Republican donors to a Republican U.S. Senate candidate don't expect their money to be used to give the Senate Democrats an extra vote.

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