Now that we are down to the final day of Florida’s 2014 gubernatorial race, it’s interesting to consider some of the roads not taken by the candidates and the media covering them.
One of the remarkable non-stories of this election cycle has to be Jim Greer. In fact, the Greer scandal may have received more play during the 2010 Republican primary between Bill McCollum and Rick Scott than it did during Scott’s re-election campaign against Charlie Crist, who beget Greer onto Florida GOP politics.
Up until the moment Greer was released from prison in July, there was rampant speculation that he would sing like a canary about all of the sordid tales he supposedly knows about Crist. While he did share many of these, um, insights in his book, Scagnetti on Scagnetti, err, I mean, The Chairman, that book was largely ignored. There were less than a half-dozen newspaper stories about the book, almost all of which were negative.
Instead of making a spectacle of himself, Greer did what most recently released from prison do: Keep a low profile and spend time with their family.
That’s not what was suppose to happen.
As John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times wrote earlier this year, Greer “was threatening to tell every dirty secret from every dark corner of Florida at his trial. He was bragging that the movers ought to be worried and the shakers should be shaking.”
Unfortunately for him, Greer’s shelf-life had expired. He had his chance to place his hand on a Bible and tell the truth in a courtroom. He had a chance to defend himself and point a finger at his enemies.
Greer was supposed to be an albatross around Charlie Crist’s neck. He ended being little more than a footnote to whatever history remembers about this race.