Indicted former Florida GOP chairman asks Crist to return money

The former chairman of Florida's Republican Party has penned a letter to Gov. Charlie Crist's (I) Senate campaign asking the candidate and one-time ally to return some $9,600 Greer donated to the campaign. 

The St. Petersburg Times has the text of the letter in which Greer wrote, "As you know circumstances have caused me to need money to defend myself and take care of my family."     

Crist's campaign initially disputed the authenticity of the letter, but now says it intends to refund the contributions from Greer.

The former party chairman was indicted in June on six felony charges, including grand theft and money laundering. Greer is accused of funneling party money to a political consulting firm that he controlled for work that was never done.  

From the St. Petersburg Times:

The letter goes on to hammer the Republican Party of Florida leaders who helped oust Greer. "The current RPOF leadership, including (gubernatorial candidate Bill) McCollum, (Party Chairman John) Thrasher and many of the state committee members are simply liars, racists, and extremists ... the current bunch that are running the show will stop at nothing to cover for their own misdeeds," it reads.

Expect the letter to become ammunition against Crist, who picked Greer as party chairman. This line in particular: "Charlie over the last three years, I did all that I was asked to do by you and others. Your goals were my goals." And Greer makes it clear he still supports Crist.

For his part, Crist has denied knowledge of Greer's actions, but Greer is likely to loom over the fall campaign with state Democrats working to tie Crist and Republicans up and down the ticket to Greer.