Whack-A-Dos And Right Wing Crazies

July 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

In a 630 page deposition, former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer has recently come out and described a systematic effort by Republicans to suppress minority votes in Florida. Referring to a December 2009 meeting with party general counsel Jason Gonzalez, political consultant Jim Rimes, and Eric Eikenberg, Crist’s chief of staff, he said:

“I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting. It had been one of those days.”

He also stated that another discussion topic was about “how minority outreach programs were not fit for the Republican Party.” He also described a Republican Party in turmoil and embroiled in bitter infighting.

“The wing of the party that does not agree with Charlie Crist considered me a moderate chairman. As was commonly referred to them, the whack-a-dos, the crazies, the right wingers. As Dean Cannon said to me one time, the people that want to destroy our Party are trying to take it over.”

He is also not too fond of the Tea Party movement:

“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.”

Context: Jim Greer recently resigned from his position and is currently facing criminal fraud charges. He is currently suing the Florida Republican Party in an attempt to collect $130,000 he was promised in a written agreement shortly before he resigned. Jim Rimes denies Greers accusation of voter suppression. If true, Greers admissions may be very damaging to the Florida Republican Party.


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