UPDATED: The state Republican Party signed a severance agreement with ousted
Chairman Jim Greer upon his departure that cleared him of all
wrongdoing and paid him $11,250 a month and health insurance to serve as
an outside consultant, according to documents obtained by the Herald/Times.
State party officials have long denied the existence of the Jan. 4
agreement, which was authorized by now-party Chairman John Thrasher,
Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos, Speaker-designate Dean
Cannon and party officials, including General Counsel Jason
Gonzalez said in an interview late Wednesday that the contract is worthless because Greer never signed the document. (The copy obtained by the Herald/Times includes Greer's signature.)
"As we have previously stated, no agreement was fully executed," he said. "We haven't made any payments and we never will."
A letter written to the party Tuesday from Greer's attorney Damon
Chase also alleges that associates of Haridopolos and Cannon
offered to pay Greer $200,000 of "hush money" to stay quiet about the
Gonzalez also disputed this fact. "That's ridiculous," he said.
Greer is facing a criminal investigation for diverting party money to a
company he controlled. But its unclear whether it would insulate
Greer from any consequences.
As signed by party treasurer Joel Pate and vice treasurer Allen
Miller, it states that "all RPOF expenditures made during Chairman
Greer's term as RPOF Chairman were proper, lawful, appropriate ..."
Gonzalez said he believes Greer "procured that document ... by fraud and
they had no idea that he has an ownership in Victory Strategies."
Reinhard contributed to this report