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GOP huddle hush-hush

by 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.

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2 Responses to “GOP huddle hush-hush”

  1. Neal Says:

    Florida can’t afford to have a liberal senator, we need a conservative who will vote to make this country thrive.

    No to Crist! And others who seek to tax.

  2. Big Daddy Says:

    Neal, “Conservatives” only make this country thrive when they are actually conservatives and not thieves posing as politicians. Most “conservatives” we have seen over the last 30 years are really charlatans who use that label so that well-meaning folk are more apt to drop their fraud guard. Conservative is not a political ideology–it is a life philosophy that places intellect over reactionism and prudence over radicalism. Right now, I don’t know if there are any conservatives in the Republican Party, since most Republican political elected officials and political figures have kowtowed to the false “base” which has been created by the histrionics of a few very, very self interested talking heads. Sure,there are people who label themselves as conservatives, but a pig who calls himself a rose still stinks, youknowwhatImean?

    I think the Republican Party does itself a disservice with such secretive and private behavior. They certainly are in no legal or moral position to demand honesty and openness from the others they share governance with if that is the way they conduct their meetings.

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