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The Chairman : The Rise and Betrayal of Jim Greer

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The Chairman, a Shakespearean tale of friendship and betrayal that rivals that of Hamlet, is the harrowing story of Jim Greer, a man loyal to a fault to Florida Governor Charlie Crist, his benefactor. Greer trusts Crist to protect him from the onslaught of the Tea Party wing of the party, only to watch as Crist stabs him in the back and helps send him to prison in order to try to save his own political career. It's also a political tell-all, the truth about how wealth begets power in Republican-led state politics. The book details the secret deals, the dirty pool, the payoffs. It's also very personal, an inside look at the brotherly relationship between Greer and Crist, the ruthlessness of potential Presidential candidate Marco Rubio and attorney general Bill McCollum, as well as at every turn political treachery.show more

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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 725.74g
  • NewSouth Books
  • Montgomery, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1588383083
  • 9781588383082

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"The Chairman," a Shakespearean tale of friendship and betrayal to rival "Hamlet," is the harrowing story of Jim Greer, a man loyal to a fault to Florida governor Charlie Crist, his benefactor. From 2006 to 2010, Greer served as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. In 2010, controversies arose involving party finances and spending behavior by state elected officials. Despite evidence that supported Greer's claim that top party officials knew about the arrangements, Greer choose to end his trial and surprised many by pleading guilty in 2013. Greer trusted Crist to protect him from the onslaught of the Tea Party wing of the party, only to watch as Crist stabbed him in the back and helped send him to prison in order to try to save his own political career.It's also a political tell-all about how wealth begets power in Republican-led Florida state politics. The book details the secret deals, the dirty pool, the payoffs. Featuring political treachery at every turn, it's also a personal, inside look at the brotherly relationship between Greer and Crist and the ruthlessness of potential presidential candidate Marco Rubio and attorney general Bill McCollum.show more

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"Jim Greer is no low-level staffer -- he had a seat at some of the country's most powerful tables -- whether it was delivering the votes making Michael Steele the first African-American National Republican Chair or putting Senator John McCain over the top at the 2008 National Convention. He knows where the 'bodies are buried.' Golenbock blew the lid off the hypocrisy, greed, and avarice of Big Time College Sports with his 1990 bestseller Personal Fouls, now he is doing the same for politics in America's third largest state." --Scott Farrell, journalist, lawyer, former U.S. Congressional Candidate; "Not in living memory has a Florida political insider at this privileged level written a tell-all about the intimate inner workings of a political regime. There's enough there to keep Florida political junkies enthralled with the jaw-dropping escapades of some of Florida's best-known and most powerful political figures." --Peter Schorsch, SaintPetersBlogshow more

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