Former FL GOP Leader: We Wanted To Suppress Black Votes

Frankly, I don't care why Jim Greer's spilling the beans, as long as he takes the Florida GOP down with him. Of course, Republicans will say he's fabricating the info to save his own neck, but with the kind of track record Florida has, I don't think
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Frankly, I don't care why Jim Greer's spilling the beans, as long as he takes the Florida GOP down with him. Of course, Republicans will say he's fabricating the info to save his own neck, but with the kind of track record Florida has, I don't think that will fly. The last time Florida purged its voter list of alleged felons, those deleted included 20,000 innocent people, 54 percent of whom were black, according to Vanity Fair. (Only 15 percent of the state’s population is black.) Time for Eric Holder to get even more aggressive:

In the debate over new laws meant to curb voter fraud in places like Florida, Democrats always charge that Republicans are trying to suppress the vote of liberal voting blocs like blacks and young people, while Republicans just laugh at such ludicrous and offensive accusations. That is, every Republican except for Florida’s former Republican Party chairman Jim Greer, who, scorned by his party and in deep legal trouble, blew the lid off what he claims was a systemic effort to suppress the black vote. In a 630-page deposition recorded over two days in late May, Greer, who is on trial for corruption charges, unloaded a litany of charges against the “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies” in his party, including the effort to suppress the black vote.

In the deposition, released to the press yesterday, Greer mentioned a December 2009 meeting with party officials. “I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting,” he said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He also said party officials discussed how “minority outreach programs were not fit for the Republican Party,” according to the AP.

The comments, if true (he is facing felony corruption charges and has an interest in scorning his party), would confirm what critics have long suspected. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is currently facing inquiries from the Justice Department and pressure from civil rights groups over his purging of voter rolls in the state, an effort that critics say has disproportionately targeted minorities and other Democratic voters. One group suing the state claims up to 87 percent of the voters purged from the rolls so far have been people of color, though other estimates place that number far lower. Scott has defended the purge, even though he was erroneously listed as dead himself on the rolls in 2006.

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