Friday, September 17, 2010

Charlie Crist, disgraced ex-FL GOP head, wives spent party cash on vacations

After Republican turncoat Charlie Crist was elected Florida's governor, he put his pal Jim Greer in charge of the state GOP. It was the first of many bad decisions made by Crist, whose independent campaign for the US Senate is now floundering.

AP reports on Crist's latest embarrassment:

Gov. Charlie Crist and the disgraced former chairman of the Florida Republican Party took family vacations on party money, an audit released today shows.

The two men and their families vacationed at Disney World in June 2009 and put the $13,435.99 bill on the party's American Express credit card, the audit found. Greer also took three personal vacations to fashionable Fisher Island near Miami Beach, one including Crist, at a cost of $10,992.17, auditors reported.

Greer also charged $5,616.79 for his son's baptism in May 2009 to the party, the report showed.

In another instance, the men's wives arrived in New York City two days before a party fundraiser in September 2009 and charged nearly $1,600 to the party credit card on hotel and related expenses.
Greer goes on trial next month for money laundering, fraud, and theft charges.

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