February 26th, 2010
09:33 AM ET
4 years ago

Greer denies involvement in Rubio story

Marco Rubio has accused Jim Greer of leaking documents to the Crist campaign.
Marco Rubio has accused Jim Greer of leaking documents to the Crist campaign.

(CNN) - Former Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer is denying allegations he was involved with leaking Senate candidate Marco Rubio's credit card statements to the media.

The vigorous denial comes a day after Rubio charged Greer likely played a key role in supplying statements to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign showing Rubio charged personal expenses on a party credit card while he was Florida's House speaker.

Greer, the longtime ally of Crist, resigned his post as head of the state Party in January amid criticisms over his management of party money and his involvement in contested primaries. Several of Rubio's backers had called for Greer's resignation for months.

"While some continue to disrupt and try to destroy the Republican Party, I wish to be clear, I did not release or leak Marco Rubio's Amex statements to the media," Greer said in a statement to the St. Petersburg Times. "It is my hope that those individuals who seem committed to attacking fellow Republicans and our Party will stop before we lose it all. '

The credit card records, obtained by the St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald, indicate Rubio made several personal purchases with the state party's corporate credit card when he was Florida's House speaker between the years of 2005 to 2008. Rubio immediately defended his actions and charged Greer and the Crist campaign were behind the media report.

A spokesman for Crist did not address Rubio's allegation that their campaign was behind the leaked documents, but said the credit card bills show "a clear pattern is emerging in Speaker Rubio's unfortunate behavior."

The expenses in question included repairs to his family car, items at an Apple Store, grocery bills, and purchases from a wine store close to Rubio's home. In his letter to the state GOP chairman Wednesday, Rubio contends GOP officials fully permitted him to put personal expenses on the card so long as he reimbursed the party for them.

Contending that he reimbursed the party for all his personal expenses, Rubio said he paid the party more than $16,000 for expenditures not related to party business. Rubio also said he used the card for personal expenses under knowledge and permission from the party, though a party spokeswoman said credit cards are generally expected to be used only for business purposes.

Crist is running for the senate this year rather than for a second term as governor. Rubio trailed Crist by double digits last year but recent surveys suggest that Rubio now has a slight lead in the battle for their party's senate nomination.


Filed under: Charlie Crist • Marco Rubio
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Conservatism equals illiterate ignorance

    Well, Greer is a Republican so odds are he is lieing his behind off, isn't that how all Republicans are in anything? They lie, steal, lie somemore.

    February 26, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. Terry from West Texas

    So the argument among Republicans is not whether Rubio stole money from his party. Their concern is that there is a traitor in the party who released the truth about a Republican. That is, Republicans are crying "Is there no honor among thieves?"

    Conservatives have always had a special concern with morality.

    February 26, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. j

    Let them eat their own.

    February 26, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Bubba

    'Crist' not Christ.

    February 26, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Vic of New York

    Who cares? Rubio is a rube along the same lines as Sarah Palin. Where's this country going to?

    February 26, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Looks like Rubio did not get the Bailin' Palin memo.

    "Just say your donating it all to charity and wink".

    Never mind those interest free loans you got for using the state funds for personal use before/if you paid the state back.

    February 26, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Get Serious

    So what? Why does it matter how the story was leaked? The real issue here is Rubio use the credit card in appropirately for his personal expenses.

    February 26, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. silence dogoode

    Wow...this could be a radical left wing conspiracy....I still say the best defence for the leaked records is for Rubio to release his confirming reciepts that he paid the card back with his personal funds.....otherwise everyone needs to SHUT UP! You are all acting like the Clintons did during their campaigning...it's embarassing....

    If Rubo did mingle the funds, we need to know this and he needs to fess up or clear it up....this is why people don't trust politicians.....

    February 26, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia

    The "battle of the RepubliCAN'TS" – wow, this is getting good!!!

    "...Rubio immediately defended his actions..."

    What actions? Did he or did he not use funds inappropriately??? All he did was accuse someone for leaking the information!!!

    February 26, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Fiscal conservative? Don't make me laugh. Just like unauthorized use a federal computer is a crime, this is no different. You may have been authorized by your party, BUT NOT BY THE PEOPLE!!!!

    February 26, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Laverne

    Ready to play hardball Rubio? Well, you aint seen nothing yet, you may be the favorite right now, but Crist is playing to win and that means making you the loser.

    February 26, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Dano

    So Rubio is mad that he was caught spending GOP donor's contributions on personal items and is lashing out at Crist and Greer? What about the fact that he was using the GOP credit card for personal use???

    February 26, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. John in Tampa

    I use a credit card. I put as much as I can on it and pay it off 100% in time to avoid interest charges, because that way I am using other people's money, which means earning interest on my own that is sitting in a bank instead. As a matter of principle, I have never once used any employer's card for anything personal. Principle, and so as never to even be questioned about such a thing.

    Now I'm questioning Rubio. He should never have used the Party's card for personal expenses because even if he paid it back that use was to his personal advantage. Now that it is in the news, it is legitimate news, it speaks to his character. He contends he reimbursed the Party; I want proof of that published. I will still think him eely, but he must do that at the least.

    February 26, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Colin, RI

    Not sure I believe Greer on this one, as it probably was somebody involved with Crist. But that doesn't really matter. The credit card statement should be made available, just like all other cards that should be used strictly for government expenses. Just by having an agreement that it can be used for personal reasons so long as it is reimbursed doesn't fly with me.
    It's time for transparency at all levels of the government, and we as taxpayers should have the right to know what our representatives are spending our money on.

    February 26, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Pragmatic

    Check with your friends in Florida ... one of Rubio's good friends (and the person Rubio put in charge of Florida's finances) has been indicted for moving $35 million dollars to a Florida college – money moved without permission or any one knowing about it!

    Rubio is either lying, not good with oversight or has no judgment" none of which is a good recommendation for elected office!

    February 26, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Crist is really desperate if this is all he can say about Rubio

    February 26, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Seanathair

    Another Miami Cuban caught with his hands in the till

    February 26, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Rubio's group of right wingnuts are blaming everyone for Marco's own wrongdoing. That is so republican.

    February 26, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Ken in NC

    I usually love a good old knock down drag out Republican cat fight but in this case I must stand with Gov. Crist as I respect him as a man that really wants to do what is best for his state.

    February 26, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. mboma

    There goes that squeaky clean image. They are all the same...hypocrites! More will come out while he is measuring and cutting the size of the rug in his senate office before being elected.

    February 26, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. ronalde

    What is Rubio complaining about we all know that the repubs are crooks so his hand was in the cookie jar along with someone else.No big surprise here.acording to the tea party this country is going to hell anyway so rubio charges a little eztra along with good mike steals.

    February 26, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Reggie

    Crist has to resort to dirty tricks and campaiging because Rubio is far ahead in the polls and has all the momentum. I don't see Crist ever being able to catch up to him.

    February 26, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Total BS

    Hey Rubio,get a grip already ! You know what they say about if you can't stand the heat.............

    February 26, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. Doraine Gordon

    Obviously, this man cannot be trusted. It is better for the people to know all about him prior to voting for him. Once he gets into office there seems to be no way to get rid of them. Right now the Repubs are carrying him around on a silk pillow hoping to send him to the Senate. We don't want or need another bad apple in Washingtn. We have enough of them there already. Think long and hard before you cast your ballot for this guy.

    February 26, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Ben in Texas

    Rubio's mad about the leaks. I'm mad about the personal items he bought with money that was not his. That indicates corruption before he has even gained the nomination.

    Be a man, if you can, Marco Rubio. Take responsibility, and take your punishment. Don't look for somebody else to blame for your corruption.

    February 26, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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