Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer has come under pressure to resign in recent months, as public discussion about management of party funds and party support of Governor Charlie Crist’s U.S. Senate primary campaign against former House Speaker Marco Rubio have increased.
The pressure on Mr. Greer increased on December 30, 2009, when a group of 12 prominent Republican contributors wrote to the party executive committee urging his removal. The letter stated, “There must be a change in order to restore total confidence in our party’s ability to conserve its assets, save and protect them for the specific purpose of electing Republicans in their campaigns, not only the 2010 election cycle but also to not carry forward debt if possible for the 2012 election cycle.”
Signers of the letter included former ambassadors Chuck Cobb, Ned Siegel, Mel Sembler, and Al Hoffman.
Mr. Greer has stated that he does not intend to resign and that party rules do not allow a chairman to be removed in the middle of a term.
The matter is expected to be discussed at a party meeting on January 9, 2010.
UPDATE: On a conference call with Republican leaders on January 5, 2010, Mr. Greer announced that he would resign the party chairmanship effective February 20, 2010. His apparent successor is state Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine), a former House Speaker who was recently elected to the Senate in a special election.