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Former Florida GOP chairman now sells La-Z-Boy recliners


la z boy recliner vintageAllow me to introduce you to Jim Greer. He became the Florida GOP party head in January 2007, former governor (and recent convert to the Democratic party) Charlie Crist's personal pick.

He was one of the former Florida GOP leaders who said that voter suppression was the reason for a new election law.

He was also accused of stealing a couple of hundred thousand dollars from the Republican party using a phony campaign fundraising operation. Then the Palm Beach Post reported that he was suing them back, saying GOP leaders knew what he was doing and voiced no objection.

But oops, the Tampa Bay Times reported that, despite his protesty indignation, Greer had been sentenced to 18 months in state prison plus one year of probation after he pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and one count of money laundering.

There. Now that you know Greer better, let's see how the former GOP official has been spending his time lately. Via the Orlando Sentinel, we discover what Republican felons do post-sentencing. Talk about a career change:

Jim Greer, the disgraced former chairman of the Florida GOP, is now selling La-Z-Boy recliners for $8 an hour plus commission at an Orlando-area furniture store as part of a prison work release program. [...]

But instead of behind bars, he's now assigned to an Orlando work release facility on Mercy Drive. It has no bars and no prison-like security, although, it is fenced.

Would you buy a chair from this schmo?

And as Not-Quite-Inmate GOP Guy pockets $8 an hour plus commission (minimum wage in the state is $7.79), millions of Americans are out of work, are unable to receive unemployment benefits or a decent living wage (thanks to Greer's fellow Republican pals in Congress), and are struggling just to barely get by, get fed, and get through a day.

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Prior to his snazzy new recliner-hawking stint, Greer pulled weeds and picked up trash for six hours a day. That and the La-Z-Boy gig should spiff his political resumé right up.

Greer's lawyer, Damon Chase, said, "He's in a really good place in life, and his family is doing great."

Too bad the same can't be said for all those law-abiding types whose families depend on them for food, shelter, clothing, warmth, and security.

Greer hasn't quite turned over the proverbial new leaf yet, though. He managed to break the rules while incarcerated for breaking the rules. See, he had a $20 bill in his possession, which is a big no-no; he wasn't supposed to have anything bigger than a $5 bill on him. Hey, no problem. They counseled him a little, and he's a new man, enjoying his "good place in life."

Maybe he could talk a few of his Republican lawmaker BFFs into making life easier for the rest of us.


VIDEO: "They should start tying a bell around these [GOP fringe] guys so we can tell when they're coming."


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Rachel Maddow did a great job highlighting the fringiest of the conservative fringe. Here are excerpts of her segment wrap-up, but please watch the entire video. She nailed it, as usual, especially the bell-the-cat suggestion:

"They can mingle in"? What exactly is the argument here? Latinos crossing the border won't be able to tell if there's an Arab secretly trying to cross the border with them because they all look alike and they might accidentally help bring an Arab over here, mingled in?

Is that the argument? Seriously?

Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Donald Trump, that guy running in New Jersey, Art Robinson, okay. This guy's chair of the ... Armed Services Committee in the House, thanks to the Republican party!

They should start tying a bell around these guys or something so we can tell when they're coming.

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Founder of anti-immigrant group mocks day laborers: "I’m available! I’m cheeap!"


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Roy Beck is the founder of anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA, a guy who would like nothing more than to bring immigration to pre-1965 levels. He did his best John McCain "making the media rounds" impression by appearing on 10 radio stations to make his small-minded case.

And how did he do that? By comparing the vile work he's doing on his nasty little anti-immigration mission to the real work immigrant day laborers do. Because, you know, they're so analogous.

Here's what Beck (a common name among GOPutzes) said to the National Journal while saturating the air waves during his media blitz:

“It’s a little bit like being at a day labor site,” he said, describing the event.

“Or like speed dating?” I asked.

“It is like speed dating, that’s true,” he said. “But it is like a day labor site, you’re just there. The little pickup truck drives by. Drives real slowly. And I go, ‘I’m available! I’m cheeep!‘”

No bigotry or stereotyping there. I wonder who mows his lawn or cleans his toilet for him.

As Think Progress notes:

NumbersUSA has been responsible for some of the most virulent anti-immigrant tactics, including claiming that Americans’ quality of life was ruined by immigrants. The group has also made concerted efforts to try to drive a wedge between African-Americans and immigrants.

And to think that in one day, listeners were exposed to this jerk's toxic message on nearly a dozen radio shows.

So GOP, how’s that reachy-outy, makeovery, reinventiony thing workin’ for ya?

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Former Fla Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer sentenced to 18 months in state prison


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Jim Greer was one of the former Florida GOP leaders who said that voter suppression was the reason for new election law.

Greer was also accused of stealing a couple of hundred thou from the Republican party using a phony campaign fundraising operation. The Palm Beach Post reported that he was suing them right back, saying GOP leaders knew what he was doing and voiced no objection.

Now the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that Greer has been sentenced to 18 months in state prison plus one year of probation.

It turns out that in February, he pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and one count of money laundering:

[H]e had created a company called Victory Strategies to siphon to himself and an associate some $200,000 of party donations.

"You're now a convicted felon, sir," Circuit Judge Marc Lubet told Greer Wednesday, adding that he had "egregiously violated a position of trust."


Per the Times, Greer became the party head in January 2007, former governor Charlie Crist's personal pick. Yes, that former governor Charlie Crist, the one who may run again, but this time as a Democrat. In fact, Crist tried hard to convince us he really is a real Democrat. Not that I wouldn't support him if he ended up being the Democratic candidate, but my heart sure wouldn't be in it.

But I digress.

I particularly liked these sentences describing Greer's past:

He was a regular at strip clubs and bars. Both his weddings were lavish. He ...quickly worked to make friends with people he identified as politically valuable... [H]is gatherings typically had some of the area's best snacks and booze. He often dressed as Elvis and belted out songs by the King... He wanted people to call him Chairman. He wanted to drink bourbon only from bottles with personalized labels.

Jim, you sound like a real attractive guy:


Former GOP state chairman, McCain fundraiser busted for Facebook scam


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Former Oregon Republican chairman, gubernatorial candidate, Florida financier, and creepy little fraud Craig Berkman was arrested for (allegedly) "bilking investors out of millions in a scheme to sell fake Facebook shares, " per Newser.

He was claiming he had access to Facebook shares which was a big fat lie. And he managed to rake in $8 million by telling that big fat lie.

And this wasn't the first time. He pulled the same kind of scams over at LinkedIn and other social media sites, but got nabbed for those, too.

Here's his Wiki:

Craig Berkman (born about 1943) is a longtime venture capitalist and was an influential Republican politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. He was known as a big donor in national Republican circles. He chaired the Oregon Republican Party in the early 1990s, opposing the far right Oregon Citizens Alliance. He ran for chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1993 and for Governor of Oregon in 1996, losing the former race to Haley Barbour and the latter to Denny Smith in the primary election.[1] described him this way in 2008:

"He was the hope of the old Republican moderate establishment."

And check out Meet Craig Berkman, crooked McCain fundraiser.

Maybe this was his version of "outreach." Another family values Republican bites the dust.


Wisconsin mining company helped write a Republican bill that would streamline regulations


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Anyone else sensing a familiar odor reminiscent of ALEC? No, not Baldwin, he probably smells pretty good. I'm referring to another ALEC  (American Legislative Exchange Council), an organization of state legislators that favors federalism and conservative public policy solutions. They literally write legislation for Republican Congress members, who then do whatever they can to pass it.

Which brings us to Wisconsin, where records made public by the liberal group One Wisconsin Now show that mining officials requested modifications on a bill before it was introduced. And naturally, those modifications would make life easier for themselves, their industry, and their wallets. Because you know how annoying those pesky regulations can be, the ones that provide for people's, you know, lives and safety.

America first!

Once again, under Gov. Scott Walker's watch, we see all kinds of footsies being played:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Drafting records show a company looking to open a huge iron mine in far northwestern Wisconsin made suggestions on language in a Republican bill that would streamline Wisconsin’s mining regulations.

Paging Gov. Walker, Koch brothers on line one! Let's take a trip back in time to 2011: The ALEC-Koch pipeline to Wisconsin Legislators and the Mining Bill:

The Mining Bill released by Assembly Republicans late last week is clearly a case of Legislative patronage to a corporate sponsor-- in this case, Gogebic Taconite Mining, LLC. Not surprising, but more disturbing, are the covert links to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Koch Industries, and closer to home, Hamilton Consulting in Madison.

All three have created an expressway of influence to Wisconsin Legislation for co-opting state resources – creating record profits for themselves (which they will ultimately pay little tax on) and untold burdens on middle class taxpayers and the environment.


Louisiana flood victim: Mitt Romney "said, go home and call 211."


Yesterday I posted about Willard Romney saying this to Bobby Jindal while touring a flood-ravaged area of Louisiana.: “Did the water come from the sky, or the rivers, or the ocean?”

But I missed this nugget, proving once again that Romney's out-of-touchitude is quickly approaching Code Blue, er, Republican Red.

He spoke to a local resident, Jodie Chiarello, who lost her home in the flooding. Via HuffPo:

"He just told me to, um, there's assistance out there," Chiarello said of her conversation with Romney. "He said, go home and call 211." That's a public service number offered in many states.

1) How compassionate and human! Just like everyone at the GOP convention insisted he was on national Tee Vee!  "You're suffering, Jodie? Well, you people know how to pick up a phone and call someone, for Pete's Sake! I'm just here to look concerned for the cameras, dear. Have a marvelous day!"

2) Now you have a better idea of how he'll treat the needy, the elderly, the poor, and the disabled. Say bye-bye to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as we know it. And of course, say "nice knowin' ya" to FEMA.

3) "Public"? What a socialist!

H/t: @terminalwords