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