GOP huddle hush-hushby Dara Kam | November 19th, 2009
The state GOP executive committee is huddling in a private meeting with RPOF Chairman Jim Greer appease demands from numerous county chairmen that he back down from what critics say are heavy-handed tactics.
Greer’s folks at Republican Party of Florida headquarters aren’t revealing anything about the meeting in Howey-in-the-Hills in Lake County. It’s the second meeting in as many weeks aimed at reuniting a splintered party made even more divided over the U.S. Senate race between Gov. Charlie Crist and ultra-conservative favorite former House Speaker Marco Rubio.
Greer’s spokeswoman Katie Betta would not provide a list of attendees and said Greer probably won’t agree to an interview afterwards to debrief reporters on what went down.
“As far as the meeting goes, the Chairman has asked that we not release any information on the executive board retreat due to the confidential nature of the meeting,” Betta responded to a request for information in an e-mail. Greer “does not want to discuss the meeting,” she added.
Palm beach County GOP Chairman Sid Dinerstein can’t attend the GOP powwow because he has a Palm Tran meeting today. He said he thinks some board members will try to oust Greer, but the measure won’t succeed. Dinerstein has criticized Greer’s favoritism for Crist in the past but has said he does not favor booting Greer.
“I think it’s more of a meeting to agree on the ground rules for the chairman of RPOF with respect to contested primaries,” Dinerstein said of today’s gathering.
“The governor put him in an untenable position by not running for reelection,” Dinerstein said. “Is he chairman of the Crist campaign or chairman of RPOF? Greer can’t be both and he has to choose.”
Palm Beach County GOP State Committeeman Peter Feaman is going to the meeting but said he couldn’t comment on it.
Dinerstein said State Committeewoman Fran Hancock and Vice Chairwoman Beth Kigel are also attending the meeting.