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Ex-GOP chair’s defense to call Bill McCollum as witness

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Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer’s defense attorney said today he will try to disqualify Attorney General Bill McCollum from prosecuting the case — and call the GOP candidate for governor as a defense witness for Greer. Attorney Cheney Mason said at a news conference he will seek dismissal of the state’s charges of grand theft, money laundering and organized fraud against Greer. He said the search warrant used to gather evidence against Greer was insufficient and that…

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Ex-GOP chair’s defense to call Bill McCollum as witness

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Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer’s defense attorney said today he will try to disqualify Attorney General Bill McCollum from prosecuting the case — and call the GOP candidate for governor as a defense witness for Greer. Attorney Cheney Mason said at a news conference he will seek dismissal of the state’s charges of grand theft, money laundering and organized fraud against Greer. He said the search warrant used to gather evidence against Greer was insufficient and that…

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Politico: Florida GOP doubts Charlie Crist line on Jim Greer

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Florida Republicans supportive of Marco Rubio’s Senate campaign are questioning Gov. Charlie Crist’s claim that he was unaware of an alleged scheme to skim money from the Republican Party of Florida, which led to the arrest and indictment of former Crist adviser Jim Greer last week. Greer, who served as chairman of the Florida GOP, was charged with directing more than $125,000 to a political consulting firm, Victory Strategies, that he and his associates set up, and Greer’s lawyer has…

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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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Charlie Crist: All I know about Victory Strategies is what I read in the newspapers

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Charlie Crist told CNN this morning that Florida is ready as it can be for the Gulf oil spill, but the scandal ensnaring former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer came up. What does Crist know about Victory Strategies? “What I know about it is only what I’ve read about in the newspapers,” Crist told Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.” “It’s an unfortunate situation. It’s very disappointing, and sometimes people disappoint you. And that’s what happened here.” Greer, 47, of Oviedo has been…

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One anonymous letter leads authorities to Jim Greer

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Republican Party chairman Jim Greer’s precipitous decline started in earnest at the kitchen table of a 76-year-old retiree in Fort Myers, Fla., shortly after Christmas. Gary A. Lee was going through his mail around lunch time in late December 2009, when he came across a white business envelope addressed to him as a member of the state Republican Party’s audit committee. There was no return address. What Lee found in that envelope led to the 47-year-old Greer’s arrest yesterday by…

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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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