Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 6:42pm | Edit Note | Delete
Chairman Greer decisively squashed dissent within the Republican Party of Florida when he banished 6 party leaders for up to four years. Most had been Republicans all their adult life with some being members of RPOF for over 20 years.
Will Pitts was Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida. His group had brought in 1000’s of new younger members to RPOF. A well-known builder in the Jacksonville area and owner WG Pitts Company was suspended for 2 years.
Doug Guetzloe, a successful political consultant in the Orlando area, and lifelong Republican was suspended for 13 months and given 1 year probation.
Jason Steele, Chairman of the Brevard County Republican Executive Committee was given a 12 month probation period. Reached by phone he said, “that if the state party hoped to "stifle" his activity with the official punishment, "that's just not going to happen."
These and many other suspensions, probations, say loudly that the Republican Party of Florida is not a big tent, but rather a small clique of narrow-minded tyrants. Dissent is not to be tolerated.
State Party Chairman Jim Greer is unfit to lead and fears the party rank and file. Recent revelations that he lives the high life paid for by RPOF credit cards is causing quite a stir among members.
The bottom line is that if we want the Republican Party of Florida to reflect our common sense values, we are going to have to demand full accountability from our leaders. Their tactics of intimidation and expulsion will need to be fought every step of the way.
We will need to be kept informed of all the misdeeds by Greer and company. To this end I would like to invite everyone that seeks change to join Restore The Republican Party of Florida at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=114057504448&ref=ts
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