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Florida GOP Chairman Resigns

The resignation of Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer today -- a decision that came after weeks of calls for his head from conservatives -- raises the question of whether Gov. Charlie Crist's already embattled Senate candidacy has sustained a blow from which it cannot recover.

Greer's status as one of Crist's closest allies -- and a leading voice for the moderate wing of the party -- was the main reason for his ouster although his foes cited spending decisions and what they termed as disappointing fundraising as the impetus for the coup.

In a conference call this afternoon announcing his decision, Greer accused his opponents of attempting to destroy him at the expense of the party. "While some are more interested in tearing and shredding the fabric of the Republican Party to pieces, I will not be a participant in this destructive behavior," Greer said.

Crist moved quickly to get beyond the Greer controversy, releasing a statement praising his ally for a "selfless dedication" to the party" before quickly adding: "I call on Florida Republicans to unite behind our common values of less government and more personal freedom and sincerely hope that we can move forward together to ensure statewide Republican victories in 2010."

Privately, Crist allies noted that the Greer controversy had become a considerable distraction to the governor's campaign and that its end -- even though it cost a friend and ally his job -- ultimately will be a good thing for Crist's candidacy.

A source close to former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, whose primary challenge to Crist has picked up considerable momentum in the past few months, said that the implications for the governor are far more wide-ranging -- and negative.

"Jim Greer's resignation represents the total collapse of an entire wing of the Charlie Crist house of cards," said the Rubio source. "There's blood in the water and Charlie Crist now finds himself on a smaller boat."

Before writing Crist's political obituary, however, it's important to remember that he still has several factors working in his favor.

Crist remains the strongest fundraiser of any candidate running for the Senate this cycle, having collected $6.8 million in his first six months of active fundraising for the contest. Crist insiders insist he continues to hit his fundraising goals and, in so doing, ensure that he will have a considerable edge in the television message wars with Rubio. Rubio's fourth quarter fundraising in 2009 is expected to be by far his best yet but even his staunchest supporters acknowledge he won't be able to keep up with the vast financial machine built by Crist.

The other reason that the rumors of Crist's political death may be exaggerated is the late date of the state's primary contest. There are 231 days before the Aug. 24 primary and, while Rubio clearly has the momentum at the moment, it's entirely possible that Crist will regain his footing over the coming months. (Contrast the time Crist has to change the race's dynamic with fast-approaching Texas primary -- March 2 -- where Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison continues to struggle to re-orient her race against Gov. Rick Perry to her advantage.)

The biggest problem for Crist at the moment seems to be the lack of leadership within his campaign. Greer, a longtime confidant of the governor, has been pre-occupied by the fight to keep his job while George Lemieux, Crist's closest political adviser, has been in Washington serving as the Senator from the state of Florida -- a position to which Crist appointed him.

Without a steady and experienced hand to guide him, Crist has seemed to fluctuate between utter nonchalance and total panic in recent months. Crist needs to set a course and stick to it if he hopes to undo the damage already incurred by his campaign.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 5, 2010; 2:41 PM ET
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Comments

Who give a "DAMN" about the ""REPUKES"!!!! You are stupid if you vote for a repukes!!

Posted by: plantmaster345 | January 8, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh, come on - Steele is too Oreo for 2 percent.

I guess the Rectumlickans lose their "Great Black Hope".

Looks like Florida is going Democratic.

I LOVE when they eat their Own.

[does anyone really believe they moderate these blogs?]

Posted by: clearspt | January 6, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

This thread about an UNELECTED Republican official has been quickly overshadowed by all the DEMOCRATS (Dodd, Ritter, Dorgan) calling it quits. It is, indeed, a Political Tsunami. How many more will quit, or switch parties?

Posted by: JakeD | January 6, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Oh, come on - Steele is too Oreo for 2 percent.

I guess the Rectumlickans lose their "Great Black Hope".

Looks like Florida is going Democratic.

I LOVE when they eat their Own.

[does anyone really believe they moderate these blogs?]

Posted by: clearspt | January 6, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

"Are vague bromides about big government anything like an adequate response to the worst economic crisis experienced by any American under age 80?"

More like 65.  The Great Depression was precipitated by the stock market crash of '29 but it didn't really get rolling until the early 30s and the grim and grimy period lasted pretty much until the stimulus of WWII.  In 1937 early signs of recovery were noted and stimulus money was cut back, causing a backslide into worse recession again.  It's very important that the cries about deficit spending go unheeded because we could have a Japanese Lost Decade if the conservatives get their way.  I wonder how many collapses it'll take before we figure out that their ideas don't work?  No number will get through to the conservatives, though.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 6, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

I've never whined for anything around here. I couldn't care less if you feel fooled or not.

Posted by: JakeD | January 6, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Who exactly do you think you're fooling?

Use language like that in my neighborhood and you'll be carrying your teeth in a baggie. But here I bet you whine for protection. Conservatives talk big but the first time they don't get things their way they wet their pants.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 6, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

It wasn't a joke. I answered the question asked with polling to back it up too.

Posted by: JakeD | January 6, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

This ad hominem snivel is gonna get old real fast.

JakeD's disgusting joke would get him suspended from University, fired from any job, or court-martialed. If anyone gets censured here he should lead the pack.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 5, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

@beeker25 - You mistook my meaning. I don't want Rubio to win the general election. For similar reasons, I hope that Sestak takes down Specter. A clear choice in the general election. Preferably won by the Democrat.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 5, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

The 41% represents the minority because the difference is 69%. Still he's not popular as the article stated.

Posted by: beeker25 | January 5, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade
Rubio is not going to make it because he's like the rest of them: telling people what they WANT to hear but his record STANDS for something else. As David Frum pointed out in his editorial:
But when asked by reporters what he would have done differently, Rubio has suggested that he would have refused the federal stimulus dollars and instead cut up to $6 billion out of the $65 billion state budget. When asked where precisely he would have found those savings, Rubio demurred: "I don't have the budget in front of me."
-But here's the most important unasked question raised by the enthusiasm for Rubio among Washington conservatives: What alternative policy should have been adopted back in the spring,when interest rates had been cut to almost zero and the economy was still collapsing? Are vague bromides about big government anything like an adequate response to the worst economic crisis experienced by any American under age 80?

A few days ago, I was talking to a roomful of young conservatives about the crisis. All agreed in denouncing both the bank bailouts done under TARP and the stimulus. I asked: OK fine -- what was the alternative?
There was a short pause, and then somebody laughed: "I guess it's lucky that we weren't in power."

Goes show you right there he and the conservatives do not have the answer.

Furthermore PoliFact.com did a piece on his statement that he never raised taxes and it has been rated as FALSE!
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/nov/25/marco-rubio/battle-out-conservative-charlie-crist-marco-rubio-/

He's like the rest of them: LIAR!

Posted by: beeker25 | January 5, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Don't pretend you've found some moral equivalency that allows you to call a black man a monkey with impunity.

Posted by: nodebris | January 5, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

JakeD
I meant "retrospect" I just mis-spelled the word by adding an s when it shouldn't be there. Accidents happens...

Posted by: beeker25 | January 5, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

of course gay Crist has more money, he collected tons and tons of stolen monies from the thieving Jewish Avenger Rothstein ponzi scheme....he is finished in the primary....Rubio will will win easily and then go on to stomp the dem candidate Meek....Meek will carry the Floriduh illegal Haitian vote and that is all....And on top of that, the dirty Jewish Avenger money will also drag down the dem governor candidate Sink and allow the repub candidate Taliban Bill to win the Floriduh governor race....I look forward to voting for the hick from Alaska in 2012 for POTUS..this country blows and deserves everything that happens to it!...right wing taliban repubs.... crying in the rain, never met a tax increase they didn't like dems....screw all of you.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | January 5, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade:

You didn't answer the question.

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

bb, it's a clearly racist comment from a clearly racist weasel. That's not ad hominem, that's an inescapable conclusion derived from jaked's own words.

If I'm banned for saying so and jaked persists, well, Chris has made his own clear statement to equal mine.

Posted by: nodebris | January 5, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Jake - I stand by my comment. If you want to use racially loaded language, be my guest. I await 37th&O's demand that I be banned permanently. Nice reference to Agent Smith by Broadwayjoe, by the way.

Frankly, I'm cheering for Rubio. Let's have some clear right vs. center choices in the general election. 60... 61... 62... 63...

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 5, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

An opportunity in Florida for Jake, 37 or moonbat/zouk? Seriously.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 5, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Chris


JRM2 at 6:14 is an "ad hominem" attack.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 5, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Chris


JRM2 at 6:14 is an "ad hominem" attack.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 5, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Chris


JRM2 at 6:14 is an "ad hominem" attack.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 5, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

FairlingBlade:

Did you miss "monel7191" asking the following question?

"... no matter how disenchanted Independents and Dems become with the current administration's bumbling, would enough voters choose the alternative of an uber-conservative Repub congress, hell bent on taking this great country back to where the CHIMPER left off"?

(Emphasis Added)

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

@Don Diego de la Vega: Impressive technical skills. Reminds us of that guy Keanu Reeves fights in the Matrix movies who divides up into about 30 guys. You're giving Sgt. Garcia a belly ache. :-)

Stay thirsty, my friend.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 5, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

With regards to Jake's previous post, using Chimper was clear cover so that he could call Obama a monkey. When it walks like a duck...

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 5, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I meant to comment on the Dorgan thread, but the comments appear to be messed up right now. Just white screen.

Anyway, this can't be seen as anything but a big loss. Without an incumbent, do the Democrats stand a chance? Is there anyone on the bench? I would hope that Dorgan would have talked quietly with a few people.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 5, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

You mean like the FACT that Obama just said: "We have to do better"?

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

@ 37thand0street -
You are a partisan ignoramus of the highest caliber. Ask any military advisor or counterterrorism expert and they will tell you Obama is doing quite well and the FACTS ( I know it is an alien concept to you and your ilk) back it up.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 5, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

How about ALL the RNC and GOP members resign immediately?, now that would be progress.
They've got nothing productive to add.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 5, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

How about ALL the RNC and GOP members resign immediately?, now that would be progress.
They've got nothing productive to add.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 5, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

BigB1,

cosign.

Posted by: nodebris | January 5, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

BigB1:

Was someone calling Bush "chimper" racist too?

beeker25:

What is "restropect"?

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Crist has lost his grip. My fear is that there will be another mindless Republican similar to Palin, long on personality and short on understanding the complexity of modern life.

Crist is not the sharpest tack but sometimes he can see the other guys position; Rubio can't.

Posted by: Gator-ron | January 5, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

steele will be the next defeatist, loser thrown out of the Repub party and replaced with a competent leader.

The loony-left d-crat socialists will be thrown out en masse in 2010 and then again in 2012, and the RNC needs to gear up for these major victories NOW.

Posted by: LoonyLeft | January 5, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Besides those two, there are probably more coming from the teabaggers and other ultra conservatives over the next few months which will make the Republican party more irrelevant.

Posted by: beeker25 | January 5, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Rubio, himself, is a "house of card" that is falling because he's saying things people want to hear but his actual record stands for something else. The same thing goes for Crist(I knew he would appoint a "seatwarmer" after two people were interested I was considering being the third one but did not submit the paperwork[darn!])

Not surprisingly Greer chose to resign considering that he keeps getting himself into hotwater on things he said.

It's gets more interesting everyday.


JakeD:
Although it shows 44% but in restropect Bush is still unpopular. Again, parsing words by using the headline just like the media does.

Posted by: beeker25 | January 5, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

steele will be the next defeatist, loser thrown out of the Repub party and replaced with a competent leader.

Posted by: LoonyLeft | January 5, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

steele will be the next defeatist, loser thrown out of the Repub party and replaced with a competent leader.

Posted by: LoonyLeft | January 5, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Here's a great idea for the wingnuts;

Use a proposed invasion of Iran as your litmus test.

Then dump any republotard who won't sign a pledge to support an invasion of Iran as soon as they take office.

OH GAWD, this works ON SO MANY LEVELS!!!

Posted by: Heerman532 | January 5, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Republotard fratricide.

Even more so than McDonald's,

I'm lovin it!

I hope they drive out all the moderates until only the shrillest wingnuts are left.

Then, the moderates will have nowhere to go. So their votes will be totally wasted.

Posted by: Heerman532 | January 5, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

Your racist comments are the reason why your brand of politics will fail.

Posted by: BigB1 | January 5, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Hard to see the relevance. But please, feel free to obsessively chant any cherry-picked set of numbers that bring you comfort during your cold and lonely exile.

Posted by: nodebris | January 5, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The jackals are turning on each other.

Posted by: mypitts2 | January 5, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I almost feel sorry for Obama now - HOW MANY TIMES HAS HE TRIED TO GET THIS TERRORISM THING RIGHT NOW ???


It is almost painful to watch.


It's like he keeps on going out there, trying to get it right, and it never works.


It's almost two weeks ago - it was last year, two holidays ago - AND OBAMA IS STILL TRYING TO GET HIS STANCE ON TERRORISM RIGHT.

Is anyone listening anymore?


We get it, you are soft on terrorism, and you are now trying to pretend that you just didn't release a bunch of terrorists to Yemen because you were about to lose a motion in court.


It is just too painful to watch.

Obama - YOU HAVE TO LISTEN - Presidential Statements on Terrorism are not something you try again, and again, and again until you get it right - and then you don't get it right, and you try it again, and again and again.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 5, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

monel7191:

41% of Americans would prefer the "Chimper" back in the White House rather than the MONKEY there now ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"Greer accused his opponents of attempting to destroy him at the expense of the party. "While some are more interested in tearing and shredding the fabric of the Republican Party to pieces, I will not be a participant in this destructive behavior," Greer said."

This idiot should have thought about that before starting the foolish rampage about the speech to school children last year.

Karma, what's good for the goose is definitely good for the gander. Greer, you reap what you sow. Now stew in your own hatefest.

Posted by: hadelaide | January 5, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

A knock down, drag out fight for absolute control of the GOP isn't going to be isolated in Fla. There should be many skirmishes and "Waterloos" across the land to finally decide how far to the right the party will go. And yes there should be some losses on the left, but nowhere near a sea change that so many journo types are predicting. It is still a mystery to me that no matter how disenchanted Independents and Dems become with the current administration's bumbling, would enough voters choose the alternative of an uber-conservative Repub congress, hell bent on taking this great country back to where the chimper left off. Just don't see it happening.

Posted by: monel7191 | January 5, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"Jim Greer's resignation represents the total collapse of an entire wing of the Charlie Crist house of cards," said the Rubio source. "There's blood in the water and Charlie Crist now finds himself on a smaller boat."

I like a mixed metaphor as much as the next person, but this is just naaaassssty.

I'm lovin' it.

Posted by: shrink2 | January 5, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Pass the popcorn.

Posted by: nodebris | January 5, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

That's the repugnicans for you - they eat their own.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | January 5, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

“Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
~ Hermann Goering~

“The trouble with radicals is that they only read radical literature, and the trouble with conservatives is that they don't read anything”
~Thomas Nixon Carver~

“In politics stupidity is not a handicap.”
~ Napoleon Bonaparte~

“Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.”
~Will Rogers~

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
~Joseph Goebbels~

“It is more difficult to organize a peace than to win a war; but the fruits of victory will be lost if the peace is not organized.”
~Aristotle~

“This is an impressive crowd: the Have's and Have-more's. Some people call you the elites. I call you my base.”
~George W. Bush~

“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other”
~Oscar Ameringer~

Posted by: samxstreampools | January 5, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"This race might bump Good Hair vs. KBH out of first place. It's getting hot down south!"


TX in the spring, then summer in FL.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | January 5, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Greer accused his opponents of attempting to destroy him at the expense of the party. "While some are more interested in tearing and shredding the fabric of the Republican Party to pieces, I will not be a participant in this destructive behavior," Greer said."


Fratricide. Hard to see how this behavior contributes towards a GOP wave this November.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | January 5, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

This race might bump Good Hair vs. KBH out of first place. It's getting hot down south!

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 5, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The GOP tearing itself up, what's not to like?

Posted by: hairguy01 | January 5, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the outcome hopefully the most conservative wins.

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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