Ex-Florida GOP Chair: Yep, We Disenfranchised Blacks

Current GOP officials say Jim Greer just distracting from his own crimes
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2012 7:20 AM CDT
Ex-Florida GOP Chair: Yep, We Disenfranchised Blacks
In this 2010 Seminole County Sheriff Office booking photo, former state Republican Party chairman Jim Greer is seen after he was arrested at his home near Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/Seminole County Sheriff Office)

Liberals have been accusing recent GOP-led voter ID laws of aiming to disenfranchise minorities, who tend to vote Democrat. Now former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer is saying on record that, yes, those laws are actually about stopping black people from voting, reports Salon, picking up on a story in the Tampa Bay Times. “I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting,” Greer said, recalling a 2009 meeting with party officials. Greer also said the party's budget committee had been taken over by "whack-a-do, right-wing crazies."

Greer is hardly without an axe to grind, though. His statements came from a 630-page deposition made in May as part of his trial on corruption charges. Greer paid a company he owned nearly $200,000 from GOP coffers while he was the chairman, although he contends it was authorized and made for services rendered. Florida state Sen. John Thrasher, who succeeded Greer as party chairman, called Greer's comments about voter suppression "baseless accusations on other people in an effort to divert attention from himself.'' (More Florida stories.)

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