A few days ago, we noted that Republican Senate candidate George LeMieux and former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer were at odds over a $150,000 contract LeMieux had with the RPOF. Greer said in April it was to advise former Gov. Charlie Crist, who appointed LeMieux to an interim U.S. Senate post that Crist ultimately lost to Marco Rubio.
LeMieux told the St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 that the contract was for "minority outreach," and he took a swipe at Greer, who is charged with ripping off RPOF in a fundraising scheme. Greer is fighting the charges and says they're politically motivated by a party that didn't want to pay him severance.
So we asked Greer about the contract, and here's what he said:
"Minority outreach -- is he kidding?
"Here are the facts: I was instructed to give George a $10,000 month contract which was common practice . He provided no service whatsoever regarding minority outreach or any thing else of value that I was aware of."
"He later informed me the contract was for him not receiving the full amount of an agreed upon bonus for Gov Crist winning the election. He only stopped receiving the payments in April or March of '09 after I advised him of media interest. And it was he who discontinued the arrangements and payments due to his concern over the contract."
Here's what LeMieux's campaign said: “It's sad Jim Greer is worried about his impending criminal trial and he’s clearly under a great deal of stress. However, that doesn’t change the fact that George LeMieux provided advice to the Republican Party of Florida in 2008 and early 2009 on a wide variety of topics, including minority outreach.”
Greer wouldn't quite say who "instructed" him, but he suggested it was Crist and added that "Due to George's relationship with the governor and as the former chief of staff, his requests were adhered to many times without my knowledge."
"George seems to have memory loss about this and other matters, which he may need to be reminded of.
"I and my family have put up with enough lies and betrayal and pain.... Please know I liked George. But the damage that has been done to me, my wife and children requires the truth and facts on this and many other matters."