Taking a stand and showing leadership, this woman could teach Charlie Crist a thing or two…
By Chris Ingram
I received the following blast e-mail (see below) from Deborah Cox-Roush who is the Chair of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee. Hillsborough also happens to be the largest REC in the state of Florida.
While some county party chairs tend to operate on the fringe, Deborah is very much a common-sense, practical, and dare I say “mainstream” (in the non-whacko sense) chair. She’s done a fantastic job building the county party following similar strong efforts by the two previous chairmen.
In the year or so I have known Deborah I have not found her to be radical or reactionary, or to be someone who has an axe to grind. I believe she is calling for Jim Greer’s resignation/removal as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida because she believes (as I do) that Greer is a liability to the party and its candidates. A party chairman’s duty is to expand the base, raise funds, and unify the party. Jim Greer has done none of these things. Under his watch we lost Florida to the Democrats in the presidential race, party fundraising is down significantly, and Greer has torn the party apart through his heavy-handed tactics.
The bottom line on Greer is this: Charlie Crist could get rid of him. The problem is Charlie believes his own press releases, lacks any leadership skills, and is out of touch with the rank-and-file of the party.
With regard to the effort to remove Greer from office, the biggest obstacle is this: due to rule changes Greer and Crist pushed for (and Kool-aid drinking state Executive Committee members did not challenge prior to the changes going to the ballot), the governor now controls through appointment, nearly 40 percent of the state Executive Committee members. Any effort to remove Greer will require a sizeable portion of these appointees to vote against the wishes of the tan-man.
So who are these people? Some of them are patronage appointees. They are people like Hillsborough’s Greg Truax (you know, the guy who did such a great job ruinning — oops. Freudian slip. I meant running — John McCain’s campaign in Hillsborough County. He now runs Charlie’s campaign in Hillsborough and that is GOOD news for Marco Rubio). There are many other like him who will never defy Charlie. The balance are members of the state House and Senate. People who are loyal to Charlie, but only to the point that it is good for their re-election.
Generally, you could have expected these guys (they’re mostly boys afterall), to vote to oust Greer. But it doesn’t take a woman’s intuition to see Greer is out of his league — way out of his league. But there’s a catch. Many members of the House and Senate don’t want to oust Greer not because they’re afraid of defying Chuckie. Rahter they’re afraid if they oust Greer, the next chairman may release the American Express card charges. Many of said House and Senate members once possessed these cards and used them on things they’d rather not have to explain to rank-and-file party members, voters, or their wives.
That my friends is why we’re seeing all this stone walling and why despite being the most incompetent man of the moment, Jim Greer remains on the job.
So if you want to see Greer removed, put some heat on your Republican state House and Senate members. And while you’re at it, take a moment to thank Deborah Cox-Roush and the fifty or so others who had the courage to sign the letter to force a vote on Greer’s removal.
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.
For a number of months, there have been on-going discussions between members of the State Executive Committee and State Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer about his leadership and financial stewardship – much of this happening appropriately behind closed doors.
As you will recall, the Hillsborough County Republican Party led the call for Jim Greer to stand down in his call for the use of RNC Rule 11 to endorse one Florida Primary Republican Candidate over another in the U.S. Senate Race when we passed our resolution on that issue in March.
Since then, myself and numerous other members of the state executive committee have called on Greer to address serious management issues involving the staff, spending and party apparatus under his control. For a long time, I believed that it would not be good for the Republican Party to see a change in leadership in the lead-up to the 2010 elections.
Recently, however, I have come to the same conclusion as numerous other members of the State Executive Committee – that Jim Greer has become a distraction to the Republican Party and that his ability to effectively lead has been irreparably damaged.
Therefore, I, along with over 50 other members of the state executive committee including our State Committeewoman Tina Pike and State Committeeman A.J. Matthews, am a co-signatory to a rite of grievances calling for the recall of his January 2009 election as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.
Over the past few days, a growing number of state executive committee members, major-party donors, former and current elected officials are calling for Jim Greer to resign as Chairman of the State Republican Party. All who know me, know my passion, dedication and commitment to our values and our cause.
This matter has caused many sleepless nights and I find no satisfaction in this struggle or the distraction that Jim Greer has become to our party. I was elected by our Hillsborough Republicans and serve you as your chairman, not the “at the pleasure of the chair of the Republican Party as he has stated.”
We have been threatened to be removed, members have been encouraged to file grievances against us and even threatened that lawsuits could be forthcoming for taking this stand and have been told that we are trying to “Take down the Republican Party.” This could be no more further from the truth. Our belief in the party, its principles, values and the desire for Victory statewide in 2010 has caused me and these state executive committee members to take this action.
As your chairman, I will not back down, nor will I be threatened – I will continue to stand for our common values and our vision for Florida and America. You have elected me as the Chairman of the Hillsborough County Republican Party and I hope I can count on your support in this matter.
Remember “there is no past in politics” and now is the time for you to engage and make a difference here in Hillsborough County.
Deborah Cox Roush