According to the attorney for indicted former Republican Party Chair Jim Greer, both Charlie Crist and George LeMieux knew of Victory Strategies, the shell company to which Greer is accused of diverting party donations for his personal spending. Are you surprised? You shouldn't be.
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This falls in line with what we know about this powerful pair of BFFs. LeMieux is the brains -- Greer's lawyer says LeMieux came up with the idea that Greer should divert a commission from what was raised for the party. Crist is the unquestioning dupe, an empty suit who never questions his friends' motives.
Every politician has to raise money and, in so doing, associate with some people who may not be of a impeccable moral fiber. But it's become apparent now that a set of shrewd, greedy political players all recognized the same quality in Charlie Crist: Here's an easy mark.
Joel Steinger and Scott Rothstein wanted Crist's help in their Ponzi schemes; Crist obliged. George LeMieux wanted to get political power and vast wealth through his law firm Gunster Yoakley; Crist was happy to help. Jim Greer and Harry Sargeant wanted Crist's help to gain more power -- and again more wealth -- through the Republican Party; they got it with the governor's help.
What did Crist get out of it? Mostly, he was spared the pressure that comes from having to make tough political decisions. His inner circle was happy to make those decisions for him, to stay behind the scenes while Crist enjoyed the limelight.
And for all that, this same Charlie Crist is now closing in on a promotion to U.S. Ssenator. If Crist was duped by our local wise guys, imagine the sharks he'll encounter in Washington, D.C.