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Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered and Delmar Johnson gets no jail time

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What kind of deal did Delmar Johnson III, the former executive director of the Florida GOP, get from prosecutors to provide evidence against his boss, former state party chairman Jim Greer? No prison. No probation. No fine. No criminal record. Johnson, from Winter Garden, must repay the $65,000 that prosecutors say he stole from the party. That’s just under half the amount that prosecutors say Greer stole – $125,000. And Johnson must appear anywhere any time the Office of Statewide Prosecution so…

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Jim Greer asks for suit against RPOF to be put on hold

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Former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer on Friday asked a Sanford judge to put a temporary hold on his lawsuit against the party and its new chairman while he battles criminal charges. Greer was arrested at his Oviedo home last week on theft, fraud and corruption charges. A statewide grand jury handed up an indictment, accusing him stealing $125,000 from the Republican Party of Florida. Party leaders first denied the existence of the severance contract and later admitted there was one —and…

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George LeMieux wanted GOP boss to stay; Brian Ballard wanted him gone, source tells Sunshine News

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Gov. Charlie Crist says he wasn’t aware of Jim Greer’s financial freelancing, but he apparently received plenty of input from two of his closest political advisers about the party boss. As reports of Greer’s wheeling and dealing with Republican Party funds and credit cards began to surface in 2008 and 2009, the governor was lobbied hard by George LeMieux and Brian Ballard, according to a source familiar with the situation. LeMieux urged Crist to keep Greer on board; Ballard advised Crist to…

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Jim Greer’s rise in Florida GOP was as stunning as his fall

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From the Orlando Sentinel: Jim Greer loved to throw parties at his big, fancy home here, and he did it often. Sometimes he would literally roll out a red carpet. Guests arrived in tuxedos. Later, in the backyard, in front of a rock band, Greer would grab a microphone and belt out a few Elvis tunes. His guests would include neighbors and GOP donors, but most importantly Charlie Crist, the man who handpicked him to run the Republican Party of…

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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…

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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…

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