More excerpts from former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer's deposition. Spoiler alert: There's rectal bleeding and foul language!
Published: August 8, 2012
Whether that's actually true or not will play out in the civil and criminal court cases surrounding Greer, but in the meantime, the angry former chair is throwing as many of his former colleagues under the bus as he can. Below are a few choice selections from Greer's deposition in the Haridopolos case: "I hear a lot of Republicans these days saying Governor Scott's interests are not in the best interest of the Republican Party, but I still see commercials on TV paid by the Republican Party praising Governor Scott."
"Around the Party most people considered President Haridopolos to be not the brightest person."
"They were talking about keeping blacks from voting. Having the Party pay for those amendments, those constitutional amendments. Then having taxpayers pay to fund the defenses. It was a very hectic day. … I think we came from my conference room into my office, because there was a meeting in the conference room where the House and Senate were trying to find a way to have the taxpayers pay for opposing those constitutional amendments, because they didn't want, they wanted to find ways to restrict voters from voting."
"I just felt it was best for the Republican Party for me to resign, let someone else take over. The Governor [Charlie Crist] told me not to do it. He said, you have to go out in a body bag. He told me a week before, a week before I resigned he said, you have to go out in a body bag. You are the last Marine at the gate, and you cannot do it."
"The ultimate cause of my resignation and my decision was the Governor [Crist] had abandoned his responsibility to raise money for the Party. ... One time he – I told him we have to get back to raising money for the Party. He told me to fuck the Party. They were a bunch of crazies. And they did nothing to win elections."
"The Tea Party came into existence. There was a feeling within the Party that the Tea Party was just a bunch of whack-a-dos, as they were called."
"You can look at my schedule to see when I met with Kirk Pepper and Jim Rimes, which was the day that they talked about not letting blacks vote, crawling out from under rocks, and minority outreach programs were not fit for the Republican Party."
"It was RPOF's position from legislators, to other people within the Party, that the general public has no right to know anything that goes on within RPOF. And they made that clear to me every time it was raised."
"The Governor said [RPOF professional fundraiser Meredith O'Rourke] bothered him all the time. He didn't want to have to deal with her. He called her a crazy bitch. He called me on several occasions and told me to stop letting that crazy bitch call him."
"[O'Rourke] had a reputation even prior to becoming the RPOF fundraiser of interfering and hindering other fundraisers from being successful. The only reason that this $5,000 was offered to her, knowing she would not perform any services for it, nor did she, was the Governor directed, Charlie directed, that we pay her $5,000 a month to keep the bitch's mouth shut."
"In the latter part of 2009 the Party was in an uproar. I was having to remove people for racist comments and racist emails. … The Party was attacking itself internally."
"And any good thing I ever did at the Republican Party – and I worked very hard to be a good Republican Party, and I worked very hard to be a good Chairman – has been destroyed by these people. I think they'd just as well be happy if I'd put a bullet in my brain two years ago so they didn't have to deal with it."
"My family is on food stamps. I was a successful businessman. And I worked very hard at that job. And I may have made some mistakes, things I would do over, but I didn't deserve this."
So there you have it. Jim Greer may be going down, but it looks like he's going to do his best to make sure that the guys who put him here are going down with him.
Can you blame him? The guy's bleeding out of his rectum and it's all the Republican Party's fault.
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