Yes, it's true, I was pen-palling around with a Greerorist who is now the subject of a corruption investigation in Florida.
During the election, Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer reached out to me via yahoo and, instead of reflexively marking his e-mail as "spam," I electronically took his outstretched hand, clicked reply, and we became instant, lifelong frenemies. Our story features elements of the touching but true tale of an innocent little girl who became pen pals with Noriega, where I am the little girl and Jim Greer is the international pariah, Noriega. Jimbo initiated the correspondence, and I had no idea how he got my e-mail address. Nonetheless, I was happy to oblige my new, unsolicited pen pal.
As some of our correspondence indicates, we really hit it off:
May 18, 2008
Hey a**hole, that's the next president of the USA you're bad mouthing. And if you don't like it, move!
Chairman Jim Greer wrote:
> To: State Republicans
> From: Chairman Jim Greer
> Re: New Media Campaign
> The Republican Party of Florida launched a new media campaign today targeting Barack Obama for boycotting Florida voters for the past eight months. The media campaign will run in conjunction with Obama’s scheduled travel to Florida next week.
> The campaign is centered around a "Welcome Back Obama" Website, where Obama’s own quotes prove that he has refused to talk to voters or the media in Florida—but has no problem using the state as his personal ATM machine. Click here to view the Website: www.rpof.org/obama (Note: turn the volume up on your computer!)
[further details spared for reader's sake]
June 10, 2008
You are full of sh*t and voters know it. I look forward to a landslide democratic victory in november.
RPOF Communications wrote:
> For Immediate Release Erin Vansickle
> June 10, 2008 (850) 339-3184
> Statement by RPOF Chairman Jim Greer on Barack Obama
> Tallahassee- Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer released the following statement today regarding Senator Barack Obama.
> "Florida families are feeling the crunch, rising mortgage rates and higher fuel costs have slowed Florida's economy. It doesn't seem to be affecting Obama and his well connected Washington friends, who are able to get millions in backroom loans from Countrywide Mortgage and Angelo Mozilo. We can't afford that kind of hypocrisy, something we're seeing more and more out of the Obama campaign, but it’s no surprise considering Obama's sweetheart deal from convicted felon Antoin Rezko." [the e-mails drones on and on with a laundry list of "kitchen sink" bullet points, but, again, I'll spare you guys]
December 24, 2008
Kindly go f*ck yourself; I'm Jewish.
Chairman Jim Greer wrote:
> The Republican Party of Florida
> On behalf of the Republican Party of Florida, Lisa and I would like to wish a Merry Christmas to those across our state and our nation preparing to mark the annual celebration of the birth of our Lord.
> It is during this special time each year, surrounded by our family and friends that we are afforded the opportunity to take a step back and focus on those things that are truly the most important – the blessings of faith, family, friends, and freedom.
> I wish all Floridians safe travels during the Christmas Holiday, and remember in a special way those who are away from their families this Christmas, particularly the men and women serving our nation at home and abroad. Their sacrifice enables us to fully celebrate the joy and peace of Christmas.
> Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year,
> Paid for by the Republican Party of Florida. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee. www.rpof.org
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I learned much about Jim Greer during our exchanges, so today's news that he is the latest GOP'er to fall in a wave of GOP corruption scandals came as no surprise
OCALA - Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer is under criminal investigation after an audit found he awarded himself and his executive director a fundraising contract that paid them about $200,000...Party Chairman John Thrasher reported the findings to the attorney general's office, which referred the case to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement."
I'm going to miss our heartfelt exchanges, Jimmy.