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: