The Republican Party of Florida's elections/Jim Greer bashfest could leave the impression that everyone was standing up to the now-indicted former chairman.
But that wasn't always the case. Some said "nothing to see here folks" and lined their pockets with contracts in the Greer years. Or they enjoyed the largess of the party credit cards or the comforts of lavish events. Many were afraid to speak out against him, fearing reprisals.
Finally, Gulf County Committeeman Allen Cox had enough. He spoke out. He was one of the first.
So now that "Greer" is a 4-letter word, Cox would be a shoo-in for party leadership, right? Wrong. Cox lost the vice-chair race to Lenny Curry, who admittedly had more backers and the nomination of Lt Gov. Jennifer Carroll (who incidentally rocked a perm and joked about signing Diana Ross).
Before the votes were tallied, folks were abuzz with the fact that Cox couldn't win because he broke the code of silence at RPOF. Essentially, one of the only ways to stop Greer was to speak out. But when Cox did, it was held against him that he was too outspoken, that he couldn't be trusted to keep secrets. Now the people who initially kept silent and kept the secrets are implicitly claiming some of the credit that belongs to those like Cox.
Jim Greer is a story line that won't go away. He faces criminal trial for allegedly bilking donors and pocketing the cash. His lawyers' claim he might again press ahead with a civil lawsuit against the party for allegedly breaking a golden-parachute severance contract signed by outgoing (and now beloved) Chair/Sen. John Thrasher, House Speaker Dean Cannon and Senate President Mike Haridopolos. And the specter of Greer will loom over the U.S. Senate race if former Sen. George LeMieux runs. He'll invariably have to explain to the party faithful why he and former Gov. Charlie Crist persuaded them to make Greer chairman in the first place.
If those who forget history are condemned to repeat it, what happens to those who revise it? They remain in power perhaps.