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Crist has 'extremely high' confidence in Greer

Gov. Charlie Crist says he stands by Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer in the face of a steady drumbeat of noise about Greer's leadership and handling of party finances.

"Extremely high" is how Crist described his level of confidence in Greer. "There's always a tendency to have different factions in society," Crist said Friday, "and so some people are going to be happy and some people are going to be disappointed. I think that's the natural flow of things, really."

"I know he is a tireless worker," Crist said of Greer, his hand-picked choice for party boss who was first elected by a margin of a dozen votes. "He's dedicated to trying to help the party do better and broaden the appeal to minorities. I just think he's done a great job."

-- Steve Bousquet