June 6th, 2010
11:05 AM ET
12 years ago

Crist denies knowledge of alleged Greer scheme


Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Sunday that he did not know about a consulting company set up by the former head of the Florida GOP which was allegedly used to funnel party funds to the ex-party chair. (Photo Credit: CNN)

(CNN) – Florida Gov. Charlie Crist denied any knowledge Sunday of an alleged scheme by Jim Greer, the former head of the Florida Republican Party, to funnel the party’s funds into a shell company for Greer’s personal use.

Greer was charged Wednesday with six felony counts for allegedly directing state party funds to Victory Strategies, Greer’s consulting company, which then paid him. Greer, 47, faces one count of organized fraud, four counts of grand theft and one count of money laundering. Crist appointed Greer chairman of the Florida GOP in 2007. Greer left the post in February of this year after a chorus of state Republican leaders and donors raised questions about his leadership and management of party funds.

Related: Greer accused of 6 felonies

Greer’s attorney has said that Crist knew about Victory Strategies and had a role on working on the consulting company with Greer, claims that Crist denied on CNN’s State of the Union.

Crist told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that the attorney’s assertions were “absolutely untrue.”

“You know sometimes desperate people say desperate things and it’s very sad,” the governor added.

Crist also called the criminal case against Greer were “an unfortunate situation. It’s very disappointing and sometimes people disappoint you. And that’s what’s happened here.”

Filed under: Charlie Crist • Jim Greer • Popular Posts • State of the Union
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. thor

    Come on Charlie,you expect people to buy into you're denials that you didn't know anything like this was happening. You've conned a lot of people or else you wouldn't be Florida's govenor.

    June 6, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. tom7001

    Greer's lawyer says? The republican party was paying $30,000 dollars a month for an agency to collect donations. Paying 10% to increase funds probably seemed cheaper, and a solid business principle, "pay for performance" or more "bang for the buck". Although some republicans seemed to be over enjoying on a peronnal level with these funds!

    June 6, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. tom7001

    Crist months ago called for the special federal investigaters, to the dismay of many top republicans! Rubio’s kickbacks from F.I.U.,Jackson hosp.,and the tollway deal should be investigated. He is a mini-Greer in many aspects and directly linked to the same credit card abuse!!

    June 6, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. JohninTampa

    I'm been registered Independent since 1976. I worked to get Obama elected. I also voted for Crist. Who I vote for in coming elections will depend for starts on who's on the ticket then.

    But I trust Crist and in this flap I believe him. I do not believe anything coming from Greer's camp. I think I've seen their act before.

    June 6, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. pc

    why is it that all republicans think that the money donated for their party is simply given to them for their personal pleasures? such a shame when i am sure the poor folks that donated could have used the money for food or dr. bills.
    the republicans are a disgrace and i am ashamed i ever voted for any of them.
    the dems may not be perfect but at least they are trying to get something done for america. the republicans are sitting on their asses waiting for president obama to fall so they can get there greedy little fat white hands on the power button again. i have never seen anything like this before in politics.
    all this because a black man was elected to be our leader by a big majority, white an black. i praise president obama for going this huge task alone. we will not forget this in november!

    June 6, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Gil

    Just another reason I left the Party of No and would never vote republican again. However, if Crist can derail the teabuggers and the right wing radical shift to conservative extremism I hope he wins. Anything to prevent the republican party being taken over by radical right wing religous extemists.

    June 6, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. josephine

    Mid term elections is the time that the party in power gives back seats to the minority. That has been the norm for quite some time now. The Republicans should realize this and try to seize the opportunity to regain some of the seats back. Instead, what they have is internal fighting, criminal charges of financial embezzlement, sex scandals not to mention official funds spent on a voyeur club. If these indiscretions persist, the dems may not only hold on to the majority it has now but may even add to it.

    June 6, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Gop

    I have to say Charlie is a lot like Obama, always willing to say he knew nothing about dirty deals.

    Maybe after Charlie get's beat by Rubio, Obama will find him a great non-paying Government job!

    June 6, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Gop

    Fow you liberals I have new's for you the Democrats do the same thing with money.

    the problem is your liberal media does not enjoy reporting on their own kind!

    June 6, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. JonDie

    I'll take Crist's word over Rubio's any day.

    June 6, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. FelipeR

    Charlie Crist is lying again! We can't trust this man. His only allegiances are to himself and political survival.

    We must elect Marco Rubio!

    June 6, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Keith in Austin

    @ Gil:

    Relax! Continue voting for Democraps and you'll soon have NOTHING left after paying your taxes. But then again, you probably don't pay any in the first place do you.

    By the way, what is the "radical right wing"? Answer: Americans wanting their individual freedoms back to leave a better Country for our children! Now go get out of your jammies and take a Prozac-idiot!

    June 6, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Mike

    @gil. right wing extremism? following the constiution is now called extremism? WOW! To me, trying to change a great country that was built on capitalism and freedom in to socialist society where the governement tries to silence its critics by creating its own media outlet, and passes laws with the intent to limit speech is called extreme. This is the administration we have now.

    It sounds to me like you've been brainwashed beyond the point of saving...

    June 6, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. A

    Keep pretending that the Dems are the ones who are fair when in reality, the Dems in California made biblical indoctrination part of the curriculum. According to the textbooks in California endorsed by Democrat Party (the racist party), the Egyptians could not capture the Israelistes because the LORD made the wheels fall off their chariots.

    The CA textbooks read like Sunday school textbooks but indulge in hate speech against Hindus and use White supremacist language that endorse the existence of a superior Aryan race which civilized inferior people in India. All this was done by Democrats and ended up in two lawsuits which the Democrat government ended up settling by paying out huge amounts of money.

    Clearly, the fact that they paid out money proves that Democrats are racist.

    June 6, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |