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By Chris Ingram
In what has to be the toughest choice since deciding what his position is on Obama’s stimulus plan this week, Charlie Crist is expected to announce Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer will resign this month to “focus on his family.” No word on the exact date of the announcement, but likely in the days around Christmas when no one is paying attention to the news.
Greer recently survived a “confidence” vote by the RPOF leadership, however, according to Hillsborough County State Committeeman A.J. Matthews the board was hoodwinked into the lopsided vote of support for Greer and this was done by National Committeeman Paul Senft. Matthews made his remarks publicly at the Hillsborough REC’s monthly meeting last night.
Matthews further suggested more action may be forthcoming at the quarterly meeting in January. Other party chairs and state committee members have also told me they expect action in January. But now that likely will not be necessary.
It seems Marco Rubio has done what no state committeeman or county chair in Florida has been able to do. That is, get the message to Chuckles that Greer is a HUGE drain on his campaign. Rubio is now statistically tied with Crist in an independent poll published yesterday. And with his eyes on the U.S. Senate race and beyond, the tan-man can’t afford to have a ball-and-chain like Greer (who is almost universally disliked in GOP circles) around when Chuckie is dropping faster than a lead balloon in the polls.
And as we all know, Charlie has never been accused of looking out for anything but Charlie. This certainly proves it. Exit Greer.
Several sources have confirmed with me that Crist has already asked Allan Bense to be Greer’s interim successor. No word on if Bense has accepted the position. Depends on if he wants a ticket on the Titanic that is the Crist campaign — reshuffled deck chairs or not, the S.S. Charlie is still a sinking ship.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@411Communications.com.