Crist Calls for Federal Probe of Florida GOP

Sunday, 04 Apr 2010 08:40 PM

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Gov. Charlie Crist is asking federal authorities to investigate the Republican Party of Florida as concerns grow about secret deals and misspent money.

``It's a mess,'' Crist told The Miami Herald. ``This thing stinks.''

Crist is calling for the U.S. attorney's office to take over the criminal investigation of former GOP Chairman Jim Greer and examine the use of party credit cards by top GOP lawmakers.

``A federal comprehensive investigation is . . . fully appropriate,'' the Republican governor said. ``Particularly because of the significant IRS implications throughout this thing.''

``As the facts continue to come out, more and more knowledge is gained,'' Crist said. ``The more knowledge you have, the more opportunity one has to evaluate and re-evaluate and determine what the appropriate action should be.''

The prospect of a federal investigation is likely to roil a state Republican Party already reeling from the discovery this week that Greer siphoned party donations to a shell company he owned. Top officials also planned to pay him a $125,000 golden parachute if he resigned.

Read more at The Miami Herald’s Web site.

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