Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Florida GOP Infighting

TPM’s Eric Kleefeld reports on the disarray in the Florida GOP.

The Florida Republican Party organization is now in the midst of a civil war, with the latest shoe to drop being that embattled party chairman Jim Greer has called for a special executive committee meeting, in response to a request that he be ousted as chairman — but at the same time, he’s telling his enemies that the motion itself isn’t allowed under the party rules.

Greer, an ally of moderate Gov. Charlie Crist, has come under fire by intra-party critics who accuse him of mismanaging the state GOP’s finances. For his part, Greer is putting the blame for this controversy on allies of former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, the more conservative challenger against Crist in the Senate primary. And Greer has accused these critics of “slander,” “libel,” and even “treason” against the Republican Party!

Meanwhile, Reps. Mario and Lincoln Diaz-Balart, brothers and congressmen from the Cuban-American community here in Miami, have withdrawn their endorsement of Gov. Crist for reasons that they are keeping to themselves. The Miami Herald speculates that it’s because Mr. Crist didn’t appoint a family friend to a judgeship.

Get the plantain chips… this is going to be fun to watch.