Brandon Larrabee of the News Service of Florida reports that deposed Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer and his former employer will be in court Thursday morning on a motion to dismiss Greer’s lawsuit against the organization, Greer’s lawyer said.
The hearing is scheduled to begin around 9 a.m. and should wrap up about five minutes after it starts, said Damon Chase, who is representing Greer in the lawsuit.
Greer’s $5 million suit claims the RPOF and Sen. John Thrasher, the party’s former chairman, cheated him out of a severance package of $123,000 when he was ousted last year amid a spending scandal. Greer, 49, was accused of siphoning money from the party for his own consulting company; he’s also come under fire for spending by Republican leaders with party-issued credit cards.
But Greer claims he was a victim of an internal ideological struggle between moderates like former Gov. Charlie Crist, who has since bolted the GOP, and conservatives who lined up behind former House Speaker Marco Rubio when Rubio successfully challenged Crist for an open U.S. Senate seat.
Chase said the party’s motion to dismiss is based on a false claim that Greer isn’t willing to sit for a deposition.
“He doesn’t say that,” Chase said. “He’s never said that. … He’s got nothing to hide. He didn’t do anything wrong.”
A similar dispute played into the dismissal of an earlier lawsuit by Greer in April.
Greer’s attorney also said he has sent a list of 50 individuals he would like to depose in relation to the case to the party’s lawyers and had requested hundreds of pages of documents about Greer’s tenure at the party.
“They’re going to be held accountable for what they’ve done to Jim Greer,” Chase said.
Greer, meanwhile, is under indictment and set to face trial next year in connection with the allegations surrounding his consulting company. Greer claims that the severance agreement freed him of any charges of criminal wrongdoing in relation to those charges.