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Jim Greer lawyer: ‘Republicans writing their own Shakespearean tragedy where everybody dies’

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From the Orland Sentinel: Ex-GOP Chairman Jim Greer is planning to file a breach of contract suit this afternoon, and his lawyer says current party general counsel Jason Gonzalez “flat out lied” when he said there was no severance agreement and that no one knew Greer was the owner of the fundraising company Victory Strategies.

Lake Mary lawyer Damon Chase (who also represents Rep. Chris Dorworth) says Greer was repeatedly assured by Dean Cannon, Mike Haridopolos, John Thrasher and other party leaders he would be taken care of — and that immediately after his Jan. 9 resignation, the party brass tried to cease all contact with him. Greer’s soon-to-be-filed suit accuses the party of breaking a contract all those parties signed on Jan. 4.

“They’re kind of writing their own Shakespearean tragedy where everybody dies,” Chase said today.

Gonzalez told the full executive committee at the Feb. 20 election of Thrasher as the replacement chair that there was no severance agreement that bound the party to keep paying Greer his $130,000 salary through next January.

Gonzalez said yesterday that even if there were a contract, it was nullified by the fact that there was fraud involved — namely, no one knew Greer was a 60-percent owner of Victory Strategies, which earned nearly $200,000 from the RPOF for fundraising last year.

But Chase said that wasn’t true.

“Everybody knew about Victory Strategies,” Chase said. “They’re scrambling to avoid the fact that they flat-out lied.”

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