There Is No Doubt
August 13, 2012 § 1 Comment
“There’s no doubt that what the Republican led legislature in Florida and Governor Scott are trying to do is make sure the Republican party has an advantage in this upcoming election by reducing early voting and putting roadblocks up for potential voters, Latinos, African Americans to register and then to exercise their right to vote. There’s no doubt. I was in the room. It’s part of the strategy. The one thing now that people don’t realize is that winning elections now has become a multi-million dollar business. There are political consultants that get hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses if they win elections. And if they’ve got to change a few voter laws and make it more difficult for minority voters to get to the polls, well they’re going to do it. Because the Republican Party has given up on minority voters.”
- Jim Greer, former Florida GOP Chairman, August 9, 2012
- Source: Politics Nation on MSNBC (transcript , video)
- Context: Greer was removed from office by the states Republican Party and charged with corruption. Greer has denied the allegations, claiming that the charges are politically motivated, and is counter-suing. He has since come out against the Party, and in court documents, Greer has claimed that there is a concerted effort by the Republican Party of Florida to disenfranchise voters, especially minorities, in order to win the state for Mitt Romney. During an interview with Al Sharpton, he doubled down on his claims and refutes accusations that he is simply trying to strike out against the Party. During the interview, Greer revealed a lot about the alleged Republican voter suppression agenda:
“I sat in on many meetings where it was discussed of how to make sure that what happened in 2008 when President Obama brought out the college age voters, the minority voters, never happened again. And, you know, the Republican Party believes that minority voters in general are not ever going to vote republican. So discussions centered around, how do we make sure that what happened in `08 never happens again. And part of those discussions dealt with changing the election laws in Florida. And how to ensure that the Republican Party doesn’t have to deal with what it dealt with in `08. And some of those changes dealt with reducing early voting.”
“So, you know, they talked about reducing early voting. Because that wasn’t helping us win the Republican Party win. They talked about making voter registration much more difficult for third party organizations. Organizations like the legal women voters who have been doing this for many, many years. There were a lot of discussions of what could the Republican Party do led by the political campaign strategists to ensure that Republicans win in 2012. And it`s very sad what`s going on in the Republican Party. It`s very sad that the Republican Party doesn’t want to win votes by talking about what it stands for. It wants to ensure that some people can`t get to the polls, can`t register to vote. You know, the political strategists of the GOP can’t control what voters do in the voting booth, but they can certainly try and control them ever getting to the voting booth. And that`s what`s happened in Florida.”
- Regarding the Republican Party’s case that it is simply trying to prevent voter fraud, Greer said voter fraud was never a problem and that it is simply a tool the Republican’s are using in order to suppress voter turnout:
And three and a half years as chairman of Florida, I never had one meeting where voter fraud was discussed as a real issue effecting elections. Never one time…Never one time did we have any discussions where voter fraud was a real issue. It’s simply been created as a marketing tool here in Florida for the right wing that is running state government now to convince voters that what they’re doing is right. It’s a marketing tool. That’s clearly what it is. There’s no validity to it. We never had issues with it. The main purpose behind it is to make sure that what happened in ’08 never happens again. And if that includes keeping voters from voting, keeping voters from registering. That’s what the GOP-led government here in Florida is going to do.
- The Republican Party has attempted to pass laws restricting voting in nine states, and has succeeding in five.