Finally, something worth reading about the patently political, self-serving, laughably transparent Republican Party of Florida selective disclosure about their internal audit. An audit which ignored every Republican who actually held a party credit card — Dean Cannon, Mike Hariopolos, John Thrasher, the indicted Ray Sansom … and oh yeah … Marco Rubio … in favor of further drek about the already fully explored Jim Greer, Delmar Johnson, and the guy the RPOF is really after: Charlie Crist. As they might say in church, I wish I had a Democrat willing to actually attack the right target…
Here’s a clip of the must-read piece by Aaron Deslatte in the Orlando Sentinel:
Here are some words that could put fear in the hearts of some Florida Republican big-wigs: Indicted former state party chairman Jim Greer is writing a tell-all book.
So says Greer’s Lake Mary lawyer, Damon Chase, who is intimating the tome will shed a different light on GOP leaders involved in the “conspiracy” to publicly scapegoat Greer and Gov. Charlie Crist for the Republican Party of Florida’s high-spending ways in recent years.
Chase said he couldn’t provide any more details until the criminal charges against Greer are “dropped.”
But the still-burning ramparts of Florida Republicans’ 2010 Civil War were on full display Friday, with the release of the long-awaited forensic audit of state GOP spending under Greer.
Although auditors determined Greer had spend about $13,400 on a family vacation to Walt Disney World with the Crist family, auditors could not determine how much – if any — of that spending was for Crist himself or his family or whether the governor paid his own way.
Regardless, the state party put out a press release blasting the governor for the spending, and party Chairman John Thrasher said “Surely, Crist had to know this was going on.”
This distinction will get blurred in a heated political season, but “surely” does not make a legal case for unjust enrichment.
Republicans miffed that Crist bolted the party to preserve his political career can complain all the way until Election Day, but the audit doesn’t lay any obvious legal liability at the governor’s feet.
“They’re liars, and they’re destroying the party with their personal vendettas and political grandstanding in a blatant and pathetic attempt to discredit Crist immediately before the November election,” Chase said.
Chase’s conclusion is sadly, dead-on accurate, and it explains why Rubio is getting away with one of the slimiest scandals in politics, without his main opponents — the Democratic Party — laying a glove on him:
Chase, whose client has wasted no opportunity to blame Rubio and his followers for the scandals at RPOF, suggested utilizing Greer as opposition research would damage only those legitimately caught up in it – such as Rubio, whose credit-card spending totaled $93,959.46, including $2,417.80 in three-year-old plane tickets that he reimbursed the party for last spring – but that neither Crist nor Democrat Kendrick Meek were likely to use it effectively.
“Democrats are idiots and can’t spell ‘scandalous self-implosion,’” Chase said. “Rick Scott used the scandal well against McCollum because McCollum was involved in it.”
But Democrats desperate to help Meek chip away at Crist’s Democratic support pounced on the audit’s misleading press release as quickly as Republicans.
“Greer And Crist Spent Thousands Of Dollars Jet-Setting Around Country For Personal Reasons On Republican Party Of Florida’s Expense,” is the headline on a release sent out by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
“Too bad for Meek that Greer’s book won’t be released by November,” Chase said.
Yep, by then the out party in Florida will be holding election post-mortems, wondering where it all went wrong. Florida Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff has tweeted a bit about Rubio’s share in the scandal, but Democrats are so fixated on Crist, they’re forgetting the prime directive: Get Rubio Back Under 35 Percent (as Scott Maxwell advised last week. Yeah. The OS is on fire…) If they can’t manage to bring down his numbers, when he’s got as many financial issues as Christine O’Donnell, as radical a Social Security stance as Joe Miller, as draconian an immigration stance as Rick Scott, and a tax cut position that’s opposed by 2/3 of Americans, and who pals around with extremists … because they’d rather meow at the governor for taking their Democratic marbles, well … maybe they shouldn’t be playing this game.
Until further notice, I’m officially washing my hands of the Florida Senate race. It might actually be kind of fun following Senator Rubio’s madcap antics, as he and his Miami entourage (he’ll need to take at least half a dozen “disciples” with him…) jet around on private planes funded by corporate donors, blows his campaign wad on fancy hotels and back waxes, and runs up six figures on his tea party funded credit card…