Florida Republicans Nervous Over Greer Trial

Around the time Jim Greer resigned as chairman of the state GOP, he was overheard asking his deputy if he should "take them down", apparently referring to many of Florida's most powerful and well-known republicans.

In December of 2009, Greer said, "Some of these individuals have been very committed to destroying the party."

Today, Greer's facing grand theft charges over his role in diverting $125,000 in party donations to what prosecutors call a shell company he ran.

Greer's Orlando trial was set to begin back in October, but it was put on hold because of Casey Anthony. She hired his attorney, Cheney Mason, to help defend her.

Well, now Mason's wrapped up his work on the Anthony case, and the Greer trial is now scheduled for September 12.

That's a critical date because it coincides with a major GOP presidential debate in Tampa. Just over a week later in Orlando, the candidates have another debate, not to mention a high-profile straw poll hosted by the Florida Republican Party.

And privately, many republican operatives are worried the Greer trial may overshadow those events, especially if his defense team takes aim at party leaders.

After Greer left, republican headquarters underwent a major overhaul, with a comprehensive audit, new staff and new rules.

An internal audit found Greer had spent donor money on everything from charter planes and spa packages to getaways in New York and Las Vegas.


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