So far, the television coverage of the federal investigation surrounding Florida Republican Party expenditures has focused on Marco Rubio. This is understandable to a point — we know that Rubio had use of a state party card to travel, attend party functions and raise money for candidates. When Rubio’s expenditures were mysteriously leaked, he was accused of using the card for some personal expenses. (Rubio says he used the card but paid off all of the personal expenses himself.)
But Rubio does not appear to be the real target of this investigation, if you believe this account from the St. Petersburg Times political political blog. FBI interviewers were reportedly asking questions about Jim Greer, the state party chairman who, along with his executive director, may have used the cards for much, much larger personal expenditures, and whose contracts with the party have come under scrutiny as well.
Greer had been hand-picked for the job by his ally, Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who is also Rubio’s primary opponent for U.S. Senate and is considering leaving the party to run as an independent candidate.
Former RNC finance chairman Al Hoffman tells the Times of his interview with the FBI:
“They had Jim Greer’s travel expense records and wanted me to react to some of the issues surrounding that debacle. … There wasn’t one single question asked about Marco Rubio. There were a lot of questions asked about Jim Greer, (former party executive director) Delmar Johnson, Victory Strategies (the Johnson/Greer company paid by the party) and the (Greer) 527…Definitely they asked about the relationship between the Crist campaign and the party, relative to the co-mingling of funds…”