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Tue January 29, 2013
Greer Promises Fireworks at Trial
"It's going to be a Shakespearean play where everyone dies in the end."
That's the warning former Florida Republican Party Chair Jim Greer has for his enemies as he waits for his trial on corruption charges.
"It won't be good for anybody," Greer tells the Miami New Times. "People need to know what goes on behind the curtain in the Republican Party, and before the Republicans tried to destroy me, they should have thought about what the consequences were going to be."
Greer's trial is set to begin February 11th in Orlando Circuit Court.
He faces six felony charges including four counts of grand theft, money laundering and organized scheme to defraud. He's accused of reckless party spending, as well as concealing his ownership of a company he set up to raise funds for the state Republican Party.
"This was not an ethical decision," Greer says. "The chairman should not have been involved with fundraising, in hindsight. And if someone explained it to me today, what I was doing then... It wasn't ethical." Greer swears he had (Governor Charlie) Crist's blessing.
Greer continues to speak out against Crist, who asked Greer to take the Chairman job in 2006 while Greer was deputy Mayor of Oveido. "I was loyal. That's why Charlie wanted me," Greer says. "But I was too loyal. And that was my downfall."
Greer also reiterated his belief that race drives some of the decisions current Governor Rick Scott and other Florida Republicans make when it comes to voter suppression.
"There is an element of racism in the Republican Party," he says. "But there is also the political professional approach, which is: Minorities do not vote Republican. They say, 'We're not racist. We're doing our job. And our job is to win elections.'"