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Crist on travel charges: ‘I don’t know what they’re talking about’

by Dara Kam | September 13th, 2010

Gov. Charlie Crist says he’s in the dark about state GOP leaders’ demands that he pay them back for travel expenses unassociated with party business.

“It’s the typical political season stuff that we’re going to see. I think it’s sad and just indicates how partisanship gets in the way,” Crist told reporters this morning after a memorial service for missing children at the Capitol.

Republican Party of Florida Chairman John Thrasher threatened Friday to sue Crist and Jim Greer, Crist’s hand-picked party chairman, to get reimbursed for hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel costs. The expenses in question were charged to Greer and former party executive director Delmar Johnson. Crist did not have one of the party American Express cards in question.

Greer resigned in January and was charged in June with fraud, theft and money laundering for his alleged misuse of party money. Greer has pleaded not guilty. Greer maintains he is innocent.

Thrasher and other GOP leaders huddled for hours over an internal audit Friday at their annual meeting in Orlando but refused to release the audit to the public. Thrasher, a former House Speaker who is also a state
senator from St. Augustine, said he may take Crist, Greer and Johnson to court to get the money back.

“I don’t even know what they’re talking about. As you know, they haven’t been transparent. They haven’t
released any of the report. So it’s hard to even know what they’re talking about,” Crist said.

Crist, who abandoned the GOP this spring to run as an independent in the U.S. Senate race against Republican Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, a Democrat, said Thrasher has not asked him for reimbursement of the alleged charges.

“We don’t even know what they are. Neither do you. They won’t show us the report,” Crist said.

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13 Responses to “Crist on travel charges: ‘I don’t know what they’re talking about’”

  1. Native Says:

    Do we really think this scumbag will admit he took anything from the State Of Florida? he is a low life who cares nothing about helping Florida!! never has never will!! Go to He** Chain gang Charlie!! We see thru you!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. GOP GIRL Says:

    Teh RPOF paid for almost ALL of Charlie Crist’s and Carole Rome’s wedding expenses and their pre-honeymoon liaison throughout Europe the summer prior to the wedding. Don’t remember that either Charlie?

  3. Independent voter Says:

    The Party hacks are desperate.

    Give em hell Charlie!

  4. BrendaStarr Says:

    Florida repugs are desperate. Go Charlie, next senator from the delusional repub state of Florida…

  5. Native Says:

    @ BrendaStarr, you must be on charlie’s payroll!! Because Charlie Crist has never done anything good for the State Of Florida!! I’ve lived here all my life!! He is Obama in White!!!

  6. Melvin Says:

    “Crist on travel charges: ‘I don’t know what they’re talking about” Typical, politician caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
    But ask old Charlie where the closest tanning booth is, bam, Charlie will give ya detailed directions in a heartbeat.

  7. Steve Says:

    “…GOP leaders huddled for hours over an internal audit Friday at their annual meeting in Orlando but refused to release the audit to the public…” I think that says it all they have nothing & hope everyone will forget Marco Rubio got caught with his hand in th cookie jar!

  8. whasup Says:

    It’s a classic case of Greer and Delmar being used by Charlie to cover his waffling butt.

  9. Moderate Democrat Says:

    The Republican Party has been hijacked by the far right loons and political hacks. No wonder Crist left.

  10. Max Says:

    Seriously?? Is this all those boneheads can come up with?? Desperate is as desperate does. The Republican party has all but guaranteed a victory for Crist, and a victory for Florida, in November. Thank you!

  11. Bloggy Bayou Says:

    Update to RPOF Self-Inflicted Foot Assassination (AKA: What’s Up With Your Great Toe?)


  12. da_truth Says:

    I wish these same Republican Party “leaders” could explain what duties Rubio actually performs as part of his taxpayer funded job at Florida Int’l University.

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