Greer Resigns as Florida GOP Chairman

GOP Chairman Jim Greer says Governor Crist did not ask him to resign.
ORLANDO (2010-1-5) -

Florida's Republican Party Chair Jim Greer announced his resignation Tuesday. Calls for Greer to step down have been building for months as some GOP leaders questioned his leadership style and fundraising ability.

Greer sounded optimistic as he announced he would step down as state Republican Party chairman in 6 weeks.

“It’s now time to call upon all Republicans in Florida to put our differences aside and stop this internal conflict, to stop the fight between moderates and conservatives and focus on electing Republicans in 2010,” Greer said.

Greer has served as state GOP chairman since 2006 when he was appointed by Florida
Governor Charlie Crist.

In recent weeks, major party donors and Republican leaders from around the state have written letters calling on Greer to resign.

They criticized him for presiding over irresponsible spending and lackluster fundraising – even though the party announced this week it raised $4.5 million during the last 3 months of 2009, making it the GOP's strongest quarter of the year.

Jacksonville state Senator and former state House Speaker John Thrasher is widely believed to be the top candidate to replace Greer.

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