Jim Greer Resigning as Republican Party Chair
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|Jim Greer with his wife at a 2008 Sarah Palin rally in Fort Myers|
The new party leader: Sen. James Thrasher, of St. Augustine. As the St. Pete Times points out, Thrasher is close to former Gov. Jeb Bush. In November, Juice quoted a source also close to Bush who gave a candid description of how the former governor's loyalists were disgusted by Crist's centrist political maneuvers, his ethics, and his lack of gratitude for Bush's help in catapulting Crist into office.
But it wasn't till last week that we saw how deeply this mutiny had spread into Crist's inner circle.
The signature of Mel Sembler on a letter demanding Greer's resignation was perhaps the most ominous sign -- and not just of Greer's doom. It suggested that one of Crist's most cherished family friends, one of his closest, most generous donors, was abandoning him. Sembler is the former U.S. ambassador to Italy and is now a major developer in the Tampa-St. Pete area. His son Brent Sembler is one of Crist's boyhood friends -- they were fraternity brothers at Florida State, and Brent Sembler was the finance chairman of Crist's 2006 campaign.