Ex-RPOF boss Jim Greer’s tell-all, “The Chairman,” to be released June 1

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Timed to coincide with the 2014 gubernatorial election, the story of the disgraced chairman of the Republican Party of Florida will be released June 1.

The Chairman: The Rise and Betrayal of Jim Greer “is the harrowing story of … a man loyal to a fault to Florida governor Charlie Crist, his benefactor,” according to a thumbnail preview of the book on Amazon (available for pre-sale purchase for $23.62).

If you decide to read the blurb previewing the book, do your best not to laugh at the first sentence, which describes the book as a “Shakespearean tale of friendship and betrayal to rival Hamlet.” If Greer’s story is akin to that of the Danish prince, can someone please explain which of the Bard’s characters Greer associate Delmar Johnson is suppose to represent?

Greer, the man hand-picked from near obscurity to lead the Republican Party of Florida by Crist, pled guilty in 2013 to charges of grand theft, fraud and money laundering.

Greer was forced to resign from his job as party chairman in 2010 amid a furor over lavish spending, including his use of a party credit card on expensive resort hotels, trips and restaurants.

Statewide Prosecutor Bill Shepherd proved that Greer set up a “shell” company to take money from the party and use it “to support his personal lifestyle.”

So who better than Greer to author an inside look “about how wealth begets power in Republican-led Florida state politics.” Greer’s book promises to detail “the secret deals, the dirty pool, the payoffs.”

“The Chairman” is written by noted St. Petersburg author Peter Golenbock, author of nine New York Times bestsellers.

A healthy-sized tip of the hat to the Orlando Sentinel‘s Scott Maxwell, who broke the news about the release of this book on Sunday evening.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.