Greer plead guilty on five counts this morning. So much for the trial of the century in Florida politics.
The RPOF has released this statement:
“Today, Jim Greer, the man Charlie Crist personally picked to lead the Republican Party of Florida, admitted his guilt to five felony charges. For the past three years, Jim Greer has tried to damage the reputation of the Republican Party and its leaders, but the truth is now known that Jim Greer broke the law, stole from RPOF and our donors, and then said and did everything he could to cover up and distract attention from his crimes. Everything Jim Greer has said and done over these past few years should be considered in that light.”
Obviously this spares Governor Crist and many Republicans the potentially embarrassing details that may have altered the complexion of the 2014 races for Governor, Cabinet and Legislature.
However, it seems the RPOF sees this as yet another opportunity to pounce on Crist. At a time when Governor Rick Scott is trying very hard to remake his image, Crist has emerged as the Democrat who has perhaps the best opportunity to knock off Scott. The RPOF has shown time and time again a diabolical obsession with Crist and once again today they could not avoid taking an unsolicited shot at the former Governor.
But Crist escapes this episode despite the efforts of the RPOF as essentially unscathed. Weeks of speculation about how Pam Bondi and Rick Scott would fuel this flames of this trial to their own benefit even if it hurt other Republicans have come to pass. Crist escapes as the big winner while other Republicans will be pleased the details of some scandalous moments, particularly the stripper laden trip to the Bahamas will not be front and center.