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Judge considers whether Haridopolos, Thrasher should be part of Jim Greer civil case

A Tallahassee judge refused Monday to dismiss a civil lawsuit by former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer against the party and two prominent state senators.

Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper heard for the first time the details of Greer's suit, filed after the party reneged on a 2010 agreement to give the embattled former chairman $124,000 in severance pay.

The deal was struck in secret as the state Republican Party tried to force Greer, accused of funneling $300,000 from the party to his private company, out the door.

Greer also named Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, and Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, then the incoming party chairman, as defendants in the suit.

For two hours, attorneys for Haridopolos and Thrasher argued their clients couldn't be personally responsible for the contract because they had signed the agreement as officials, not as individuals.

Greer's attorney, Damon Chase, retorted that Thrasher and Haridopolos were not party officials at that time, and had no authority to sign on the party's behalf. At that time, Thrasher was in line to be party chairman, and Haridopolos was in line to be Senate president. Haridopolos and Thrasher promised in the contract to do all they could to make sure Greer got his severance.

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