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There Must Be Some Misunderstanding: On Charlie Crist, Jim Greer and Last Week’s Commentary

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It looks like the piece I wrote last week about the unfolding fundraising scandal regarding Florida Governor Charlie Crist and his disturbingly loyal former right-hand-man Jim Greer generated quite a bit of interest. Good! I cannot imagine any opinion columnist not wanting to have his or her works find an engaged audience.

However, a few of my readers were concerned that the piece’s title, Straight Outta the Sunshine State: A Tale of Two Criminals in High Places, was not supported by any of the sources which I listed in it. When I discovered these concerns, I knew immediately that, as Phil Collins and Genesis would say, there must be some misunderstanding.

And indeed there was, it being entirely my fault as I did not place a link to a St. Petersburg Times article detailing allegations, made by Greer’s attorney, of Crist’s being complicit in the illegal diversion of state Republican Party donor funds where it should have been, in the main body of Straight Outta the Sunshine State. I accidentally put the link in its introduction, where many undoubtedly either read over it or followed it and failed to see how it related to the piece’s title.

Because of this confusion, I changed Straight Outta the Sunshine State‘s title late last week on most of the news websites to which I submitted it. The new title is very similar to the old, keeping its first portion, but with A Tale of Crime, Corruption and A Man of the People replacing A Tale of Two Criminals in High Places. This was a change for the better, I believe, as my revision seems to fit the piece better as a whole than its predecessor did. I would like to thank those who pointed out my error as, if they had not, it more than likely would have gone uncorrected. In all of my weekly commentaries, I base my opinions on cold, hard facts, not blind supposition or clairvoyance. If this did not appear to be the case last week, then my full apologies are in order.

On a completely, well, maybe not completely, different note, Susan Wright, a former high-level staffer inside the central committee of the Florida GOP, came forward last Thursday to file a wrongful termination lawsuit against her former employers. She says that her questioning of the “Republican Party…(using its) money to support the senatorial campaign of Charlie Crist” essentially got her fired. Since it is a serious crime for a political party to offer financial aid to one of its candidates before the primary election, only time will tell how this will play out for the good governor’s campaign and legal standing. The St. Petersburg Times believes that it “may spell trouble” for Crist, this coming just hours before the Orlando Sentinel released a scathing editorial blasting him for returning a campaign donation of nearly $10,000 to Greer after stating repeatedly that he would do nothing of the sort. “What an insult to the other(s)…who donated to Mr. Crist’s campaign,” the Sentinel declared. “Some…good faith donors understandably want their money back now that Crist is running with no party affiliation, but the governor made it clear that he had a no refund policy. Excepting, that is, indicted cronies.”

I could not have said that better myself.

Regardless of your partisan, or lack of partisan, affiliation, social standing, financial situation or political ideology, voting for Charlie Crist this November is the equivalent of a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders. In light of the recent events involving him, his campaign. and his underlings, it is safe to say that Crist is out for his interests and his interests only.

Whether or not the law gets in his way is strictly negligible.

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  • Jimbo

    You said, “Since it is a serious crime for a political party to offer financial aid to one of its candidates before the primary election…”

    If this is true then RPOF is running a criminal enterprise because they are giving all types of financial aid to Bill McCollum.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz Alan Kurtz

    You claim that revising last week’s subtitle to “Tale of Crime, Corruption and A Man of the People” was a change for the better “on most of the news websites to which I submitted it.” Why then is last week’s article still subtitled “A Tale of Two Criminals in High Places” on Blogcritics? Is the standard for truth lower here on BC than at those other websites that publish your stuff?

  • Clavos

    @# 2:

    It’s a software-related issue, Alan.

    You have repeatedly expressed your contempt for Blogcritics and its staff since you arrived here.

    Interesting that you continue to submit stories to such an inferior (in your view) site…

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/ roger nowosielski

    Alan has changed his MO, Clavos, in case you failed to notice. Read his updated profile.

    Now he loves BC since Eric gave them “the run of the place.”

  • Arch Conservative

    “In light of the recent events involving him, his campaign. and his underlings, it is safe to say that Crist is out for his interests and his interests only.”

    Well DUUUUHHHHHHHHH

    Charlie Crist would pimp out his own mother if he thought it would help him win an election. The man has absolutely no core beliefs or morals. All he cares about is his poliitcal ambition. No wonder he gets along with Obama so well…birds of a feather.

    When Crist entered the race for the FL Senate he thought he was a lock for the GOP nomination. Along came Marco Rubio who overtook and then trounced Crist in the polls of GOP primary contenders.

    So Crist switches to become an independent. He starts out by leading in the polls but has been slipping and is behind Rubio yet again in some polls.

    The only thing left for Crist to do is to become a Democrat and hope that more of the Acorn and Seui members vote for him on their fifth, sixth and seventh trips to the polls on election day.

    Seriously……if you don’t like Rubio that’s fine but how anyone could vote for this hump is beyond me.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz Alan Kurtz

    Clavos (#3), I never said this site is inferior. I said its editors are inferior. I stand by that remark. Your recent insistence that the salutation “Mr. President” must be rendered as “Mr. president” (lowercase ‘P’) is a case in point. That’s my idea of editorial ineptitude.

  • Clavos

    That’s my idea of editorial ineptitude.

    Since the Associated Press Stylebook (the authority on such issues) disagrees with you, obviously the inept one is you, Alan.

    And that’s not the first time I’ve pointed out to you where you’re wrong.

    If you’re going to act the know-it-all, you should at least be right.

  • Clavos

    Oh, and by the way, Alan. This remark: Why then is last week’s article still subtitled “A Tale of Two Criminals in High Places” on Blogcritics? Is the standard for truth lower here on BC than at those other websites that publish your stuff? certainly implies that Blogcritics is an inferior site, even if that was not your intention.

    One more point, for truth’s sake. ALL writers can post to ANY section, and its always been that way.

  • zingzing

    alan, you’ve gone out of your way to insult the owners, the commenters, the editors and the writers. we all know of your superiority. worry not. we bow to the beard.

  • http://www.maskedmoviesnobs.com El Bicho

    Considering the way your editing tenure ended at jazz.com, do you really think you are in a position to accurately judge others?