Gov. Charlie Crist is still facing an mini-rebellion from the outgoing state chairwoman of his own party.
After his election in November, Crist tapped Jim Greer, a businessman and Oviedo city councilman who ran the governor's campaign in Central Florida, to serve as chairman of Republican Party of Florida. The current chairwoman, Carole Jean Jordan, was asked to endorse him.
Instead, she sent out a letter to Republican leaders touting her own accomplishments. And this week, a former party staffer is making calls on her behalf to try to line up support before Saturday's party election in Orlando.
The former staffer, Rhyan Metzler, worked as political director for U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris. In what was probably not a coincidence, he left the campaign the same day that she blamed an Orlando rally's sparse turnout on a last-minute change in location, allegedly because a tree fell on the airport hangar originally chosen. The tree alibi was later retracted.