Ousted Fla GOP Head Expresses Regret

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 12:14pm


Indicted former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he has discovered "racist views" within the GOP and is sorry he helped fuel a national firestorm last year over a speech by President Obama to America's schoolchildren.

The Florida GOP didn't respond to Greer's accusation. Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Sid Dinerstein called Greer "pathetic" and accused him of trying to damage the party and help his old friend, Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist, in his Senate bid against GOP nominee Marco Rubio.

When the White House last year announced plans for the president to deliver a back-to-school message to students, Greer accused Obama of seeking to indoctrinate the nation's youth in "socialist ideology."

Since then, Greer has been ousted from his party post and indicted on fraud, theft and money-laundering charges stemming from his partnership in a consulting firm that got a 10 percent cut of donations to the GOP. Greer has pleaded not guilty.

On Saturday, current Florida GOP Chairman John Thrasher said the party is considering suing Greer, Crist and Greer's former top aide to recover "inappropriate expenses" they billed to the party.

Greer's attorney called the party's threats "political grandstanding."

Greer today said the timing of his Monday night statement wasn't related to Saturday's actions but to coincide with Obama's second back-to-school address, which was delivered today in Philadelphia without the hullabaloo that accompanied last year's remarks.

"In the year since I issued a prepared statement regarding President Obama speaking to the nation's school children, I have learned a great deal about the party I so deeply loved and served," Greer's statement said. "Unfortunately, I found that many within the GOP have racist views and I apologize to the President for my opposition to his speech last year and my efforts to placate the extremists who dominate our Party today. My children and I look forward to the President's speech."

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Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

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Cynic: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.---Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary.

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 5:36pm

Always nice to break up the air of righteous indignation with a laugh or two, eh?



In our house the rule is: its okay to laugh, as long as you dont point.



Sonny

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 4:30pm

Hubby and I were still laughing at that when he picked me up at the airport.

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 4:16pm
No, I had to go back and see which one you meant. All I could remember was the ancient food you found in the microwave. That was truly gross!
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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 4:07pm

And yet you didn't bother to comment on the cherry-flavored awesomeness that was my FB update the other night.

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 8:00am
She doesn't need one.
 

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 6:52am

...nice try, indeed. I just wonder if the author of the rules has a metaphorical mirror somewhere in the proximity of her monitor.



Sonny

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 6:50am

Like what?



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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 10:24pm

It's a nice try, Shannon.

 

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 10:19pm

"I was speaking to whether one would rather have their ideas taken seriously and choose their words accordingly, or whether they prefer to write others off as being too easily offended, and thus have no one take them seriously."



I think some don't notice that they are not taken seriously because they take *themselves* so seriously. I often

 

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