St. Petersburg, Florida -- The long-awaited book on former Republican State Chairman Jim Greer has been released and it throws mud on the Republican Party of Florida, former Gov. Charlie Crist, and party leaders including Sen. John Thrasher, a leading candidate to become president of Florida State University.
Greer, who talked exclusively with 10 Investigates before he went to jail in 2013, told us about problems and deceit in the state party, however, some of what he told us was off-the-record until now. Many of the off-the-record stories are revealed in the book written by Peter Golenbock.
One thing Greer did say on the record was problems stemmed from the conservative movement in the Republican Party, which was not happy with Crist as governor. According to Golenbock, Greer said things that Crist began to do as governor caused the conservative wing of the state Republican Party to hate him.
And, according to the book, getting Greer was a way to damage Crist.
Greer says former Senate President Dean Cannon, former Speaker Mike Haridopolos, and Thrasher, Greer's successor, worked to get Greer to fabricate a lie to get Greer indicted.
And the book says not only did the highest level of the state Republican Party lie, but they conspired with attorney general Bill McCollum to fix Greer's wagon.
The book says Greer was indicted for something Crist gave him permission to do: Form a fund company called Victory Strategies.
It says in a deposition, Crist lied, when he said he did not give permission to Greer to start Victory Strategies. Greer says in the book it is not true and the papers in the book prove that.
And while Crist is damaged in the book, so is Thrasher who is branded not only as a liar, but as a dishonorable politician.
Thrasher now is being touted as the president of FSU and that doesn't still well with Golenbock.
"My son is a graduate of Florida State University and it would dishonor my son to make this guy the president of FSU," says author Peter Golenbock.
Despite the publisher saying it would wait until Greer gets out of prison next month, the book was released Monday. Greer is now on work release and there is concern it could hurt him.