Charlie Bronson says he's not running...

Charlie Bronson says he's not running for Florida governor

There are 41 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 21, 2009, titled Charlie Bronson says he's not running for Florida governor. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Tallahassee - TALLAHASSEE A- Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Bronson ended his brief flirtation with a 2010 gubernatorial bid on Thursday, likely clearing the deck for Republicans to avert a costly primary fight.

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Tommy

Sanford, FL

#1 May 21, 2009
If McCollum runs, the GOP is almost sure to lose. I mean, how many times does Bill have to run for major office in the state of FL and LOSE before someone realizes that the voters don't want him.

Bronson had a better shot than McCollum. But sadly Jim Greer really isn't the best choice to be party chairman and now his shortsidedness is going to hand the Governor's mansion to the Democrats.
Procurator

Orlando, FL

#4 May 21, 2009
Tommy wrote:
If McCollum runs, the GOP is almost sure to lose. I mean, how many times does Bill have to run for major office in the state of FL and LOSE before someone realizes that the voters don't want him.
Bronson had a better shot than McCollum. But sadly Jim Greer really isn't the best choice to be party chairman and now his shortsidedness is going to hand the Governor's mansion to the Democrats.
The Attorney General's Office in minor league ?
Voter

Winter Garden, FL

#5 May 21, 2009
Frank wanted to run for Governor. He was fine with what Greer did in the last election and even helped him!
Charlie Tuna

United States

#7 May 21, 2009
Everyone wonders why the Republican party of Florida is in the dump. Well here is your answer steering by crooks like Jim Greer. It is a crying shame a decent honest person like Charles Bronson even has to go to the culture of corruption of Jim Greer and tell him he's thinking about running for Governor. Greer has annointed himself to the heirarchy of the the party because people are scared of him and his tatics. He has stole from the republican Party of Florida without being held accountable. He now believes he is a dictator and has assumed the right to annoint our candidates. What do we do, fix the Republican party by taking it over right now or abandon the party with these theives in charge and start a new one. We need to make this decision now while we still have time to support Marco Rubio and find an honest person to run on the ticket for Governor. Allowing this manipulation of our party will only take our State and Nation deeper into the dark pit of this element of corruption.
Charlie Tuna

United States

#8 May 21, 2009
Stanaki Land deal in Volusia County could hurt Crists and McCollum . FDEP/ DSL was negotiating to buy land from a major Republican donor Mori Hosseini. In derrogation of a court ruling (Case 05-001852) Crist and Bush and granted development entitlements on the Land (FLAWC053106) while negotiations were in process. Hosseini was allowed to get new appraisals and raised the asking price from 8 to 16 million. Crist then had FDEP end negotiations and asked DCA to fund the purchase through a FCT Grant reimbursement program. This allowed new appraisals to be used by the State. Last Thursday (FCT Governing Board Meeting) DCA Secretary Pelham approved funding the purchase at the higher per acre price. FCT Director Reecy said the earlier FDEP appraisals and offers were "irrelevant" and removed them from the files prior to staff and Board review of the grant application (08-004-FF8). Both McCollum and Crist received donations before and since the Pioneer CDD was granted

UPDATE: CRIST APPOINTS HOSSEINI’S SISTER TO ST. JOHNS WATER
MANAGEMENT BOARD

Gov. Charlie Crist has picked two new people to serve on the regional water management district board for Central Florida – a Volusia County engineer with development ties and an Alachua County law professor with environmental ties.
Crist named Maryam H. Ghyabi, 50, of Ormond Beach, and Richard G. Hamann, 58, of Gainesville, to the St. Johns River Water Management District governing board, which controls water consumption permits, approves wetland permits and decides how much water the local utilities can siphon from the St. Johns River. The district includes parts of 18 counties, including most of metro Orlando.
Ghyabi is president of Ghyabi & Associates, a transportation engineering and planning firm that has been a consultant on many local transportation issues. She is a sister of Mori Hosseini, a big-time developer based in Daytona Beach. Hosseini is a Republican super-fundraiser, ranking as a “Ranger” who raised at least $200,000 for President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign. Hosseini and his array of companies frequently show up in many elected officials' campaign finance reports.
Hamann teaches water and ecosystem law at the University of Florida's Center for Governmental Responsibility. His professional affiliations include the Florida Defenders of the Environment and the Alachua Conservation Trust.
If approved by the state Senate, Ghyabi would replace David G. Graham of Jacksonville and Hamann would replace Ann T. Moore, the Flagler County representative.
Charlie Tuna

United States

#9 May 21, 2009
NO WONDER JIM GREER ANNOINTED CHARLIE CRIST AS THE REPUBLICAN SENATE CANDIDATE AND NOW HE HAS ANNOINTED BILL McCOLLUM AS THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR. NOW OUR PARTY HAS A DICTATOR WHO DENIES
THE REPUBLICANS OF FLORIDA THE RIGHT TO A PRIMARY ELECTION.
Embattled Florida State Chairman, Jim Greer was embarrassed by a Miami Herald story amid a growing chorus of requests for a full audit of state party spending. The Herald revealed that Greer charged over $5,000 to a luxury Palm Beach hotel suite paid for by the Republican Party of Florida which included sumptuous meals, spa services, limousine services, French wines, and numerous purchases in the hotel gift shop. Republican activists have raised questions about the state party chair using Party funds to pay for five-star restaurants, posh resorts, sports event tickets, premium cigars and more than a half million dollars in jet aircraft charters. If Governor Charlie Crist who hand-picked Greer seems oblivious to the growing demand that Greer be replaced by someone who will be a better steward of State Party funds and a better representative for Crist on the Republican National Committee, particularly if Crist has 2012 ambitions, it’s because Greer has a secret patron. Jim Greer has been a solicitous courtier of Carole Rome, Governor Charlie Crist’s wife who is fond of Greer and grateful that he is always quick with a credit card. The New York socialite divorcee is married the Governor on December 12 in Tampa. Many major State Party donors are unhappy with Greer and his wild spending but have been hesitant to tell the Governor in the face of Crist’s recent letter of endorsement for Greer’s reelection. Dissatisfaction with Greer is not limited to the Jeb Bush faction of the State Executive Committee with many key Crist supporters weary of Greer’s self-aggrandizement and personal spending. Then there is the fact that John McCain lost Florida by 2 percent yet Greer finished the year with in excess of $1 million in the Party’s Federal account. McCain-Palin activists complained about a lack of yard signs and campaign material from the Republican Party of Florida after being told there were no more funds. In recent weeks, some Republican activists have begun to talk about the tax implications of the personal goods and services Chairman Greer is writing-off to the Party. The matter will be bought to the attention of the IRS who could, theoretically, require an audit of their own to determine the amount on which Greer evaded taxes. Greer would be hard-put to explain how a $3,600 dinner for he and his wife at the Breaker’s Hotel in Palm Beach, is Party business. Will the Obama Justice Department target a high-profile Republican like Greer? With top Crist fundraiser Harry Sargeant already under Federal investigation, can Crist afford another top-backer to have problems with campaign funds A veteran State Chairman said.“He hurts Crist every time he opens his mouth.”“What’s with the entourage?”.“He thinks he is the Governor of Florida!” Greer attends RNC meetings with two bodyguards, two assistants, a press spokesperson, a personal photographer and a driver and limo. Most RNC members are aware of Greer’s problems at home. Little does the first lady know that Greer is an impediment to her and Charlie’s dream of a move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Greer has been criticized by party activists for spending $46,000 of party funds on travel and entertainment in London during Gov. Crist’s Trade Mission, He blames this on Ray Sansone Indicted former speaker. Jim Greer needs an investigation and subsequent indictment for his corruption.
Charlie Tuna

United States

#10 May 21, 2009
The Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, who has announced a run for Senate, will be outed in a independent film which was released on May 8, 2009.
The film, Outrage, tracks the outings of prominent gay political figures, such as Crist and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman. It's being produced by Magnolia Pictures and will appear in Landmark Theaters across the country.
Crist was "first" outed in a 2006 Palm Beach Post article by Bob Norman, prior to his election as governor.
A young rising star in the Republican Party has boasted to witnesses of his sexual relationship with Charlie Crist, the frontrunner in the Florida governor's race who has repeatedly denied that he is gay.
The GOP staffer, 21-year-old Jason Wetherington, told friends at separate social functions in August that he had sex with Crist, according to two credible and independent sources who heard Wetherington make the claim first-hand.
Wetherington, who recently worked as a field director for U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris and currently works for state representative Ellyn Bodganoff's reelection campaign, also named a man whom he said is Crist's long-term partner, a convicted thief named Bruce Carlton Jordan who is presently on State Probation for Multiple counts of Forgery and Grand Theft and now living in Bushnell, Florida. Jordan was formerly Pres. Of the Florida Funeral Directors Assn.
Salon notes that Crist is the biggest fish in the film for critics.
"The person most reviewers have been focusing on is Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who was recently married -- his engagement was announced right around the time when speculation was mounting that he could be chosen as John McCain's running mate," Salon's Alex Koppelman writes. "He was actually first outed back in 2006, by Bob Norman, a reporter for the New Times Broward-Palm Beach, who was also the first reporter to the story of former Rep. Mark Foley's sexuality, in 2003.
"And, in cases like Crist's, it means that the media knows something its audience doesn't, and is holding back information about people who are running for public office,"
Procurator

Orlando, FL

#11 May 21, 2009
Charlie Tuna wrote:
Everyone wonders why the Republican party of Florida is in the dump. Well here is your answer steering by crooks like Jim Greer. It is a crying shame a decent honest person like Charles Bronson even has to go to the culture of corruption of Jim Greer and tell him he's thinking about running for Governor. Greer has annointed himself to the heirarchy of the the party because people are scared of him and his tatics. He has stole from the republican Party of Florida without being held accountable. He now believes he is a dictator and has assumed the right to annoint our candidates. What do we do, fix the Republican party by taking it over right now or abandon the party with these theives in charge and start a new one. We need to make this decision now while we still have time to support Marco Rubio and find an honest person to run on the ticket for Governor. Allowing this manipulation of our party will only take our State and Nation deeper into the dark pit of this element of corruption.
Didn't take long for the mud to start flying from Republican malcontents.
Charlie Tuna

United States

#12 May 21, 2009
Procurator wrote:
<quoted text>Didn't take long for the mud to start flying from Republican malcontents.
Pro, There would be not mud flying if people like Bronson and Rubio were given an equal opportunity to run on the Republican ticket and let the voters decide who their candidate is going to be. As long as the likes of Jim Greer, Crist and mcCollum control the Florida Rep party they Democraps will will the seats. Is that who you are and what you want? If so be happy. Maybe your name is on the next list.
Charlie Tuna

United States

#13 May 21, 2009
The initial Bill McCollum for Governor Finance committee includes:
THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS OF THE RPOF
Jonathan Kislak, Finance Chairman ,Robert N. Allen, Jr.,Al Austin ,Paul R. Ashe, Esq.,John D. Baker, II, G. Thomas Ball ,Brian Ballard , Thomas E. Barnette , Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Beall, II ,Lewis Bear , Dick Beard , Allan Bense , Seth Bernstein, Carlos M. Beruff , Jim Blosser, Sally Bradshaw , Norman Braman , Lt. Governor Bobby Brantley , Bob Broadway , Al Brown , Ed Burr , Bertica Cabrera-Morris , Al Cardenas , Mike Carrere, Rick Case , Chuck Cobb , Sue Cobb , Nick Codispoti, Robert E. Coker , Joe B. Cox , Joseph DaGrosa, Jr., Leoncio E. de la Peña , Bruce Deardoff , Don DeFosset , Jay Demetree , Barbara DeRita , Thomas DeRita , Dr. A.K. Desai , Chris Dudley,
K. Earl Durden, Peter C. K. Enwall , Elizabeth Fago , John Falconetti, J. Pepe Fanjul ,Dr. Jeffrey Feingold , T. Martin Fiorentino, Jr., Joseph G. Fogg, III , Theo Folz , Jim France , Congressman Lou Frey, Jr., Martin L. Garcia , Daniel J. Gerber , Elizabeth Gianini , Robert H. Gidel , Charles & Kim Githler , Al Glover, Scott Glover, Bruce Gould ,Catherine & David Graham , Chairman Jim Greer , David Griffin , Rich Heffley , James R. Heistand , Shannon Hewett , L. Charles Hilton , Al Hoffman , Edd Holder , Eric Holm ,Jim Horne , Mori Hosseini , Ron Howse , Wayne Huizenga, John Jaeb , Johnny Jallad ,Jeffery Jonasen , Fred E. Karlinsky , Randy Klein , Rhea Law , Joe Lee, Frederick Leonhardt , George Lemieux , Dale Lindon , John Lowndes , Joe Love, Sylvester Lukis ,Earle I. Mack , Steve Madden , Dick Mandt , Ken Marks , Governor Bob Martinez , Joseph M. Mason, Jr., Will McBride , Mac McGehee , Dennis McGillicuddy , Will McKinley , Rahul N. Mehra, MD, Walter N. Meloon , Collier Merrill ,Rick Michaels , Susan Molinari , Harry K. Moon, MD, FACS , Terry A. Moore, Larry C. Morgan ,
Gary Morse , Mario Murgado , Thomas C. Nash, II , Ana Navarro , Patrick Neal,
Dick Nunis , Mary Nunis , Duane Ottenstroer , Rich Paul-Hus, Bill Paxon , Scott Peelen ,Tom Pepin, Jerry E. Pierce, William Lance Ponton , Charles Resnick , Jimmy Resnick , Carolyn K. Roberts , Fred N. Roberts, Sr., Pat Roberts , Henry Rodriguez , Raquel A. Rodriguez , Pat Rooney, Jr., Pat Rooney, Sr., Manuel S. Rose, MD , Jon A. Sale , Sandy Sansing, Dwight Schar , Gary Schraut , Mel Sembler, James M. Seneff , Austin Shanfelter , Tom Slade , Stanford R. Solomon , Radames Soto , John M.(Mac) Stipanovich , James H. Stelling , Rebecca Stoll , Steve Swindal , Stanley G. Tate , Anil H. Thadani , George Thomas, MD ,` Harkley R. Thornton,` Jason Unger ,` Karen Unger , Jake Varn , Dr. R. R. Vijay , Garrett W. Walton , Robert & Nancy Watkins, Mike Wells , Steven West, MD , Joe Williams, John A. Williams , Rhys L. Williams, JD, MBA
Procurator

Orlando, FL

#14 May 21, 2009
Charlie Tuna wrote:
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Pro, There would be not mud flying if people like Bronson and Rubio were given an equal opportunity to run on the Republican ticket and let the voters decide who their candidate is going to be. As long as the likes of Jim Greer, Crist and mcCollum control the Florida Rep party they Democraps will will the seats. Is that who you are and what you want? If so be happy. Maybe your name is on the next list.
Where does it say a registered Republican can not run for the Governor of the State without getting the blessing of the GOP head ?Sorry to hear that you think Rubio will duck the race.Should we change our logo from the Elephant to the Great Chicken.
Jerry

Leesburg, VA

#15 May 21, 2009
The movers and shakers of Florida need to step up soon and recall Greer.

The shenanigans of Crist and Greer has to be brought to a halt! I'll vote for a democrat in a heartbeat if Crist gets the candidacy for the senate.
Smar Tass

Brook, IN

#16 May 21, 2009
I loved him in the "Death Wish" series - but didn't he die 5 or 6 years ago?
Gator

Geneva, FL

#17 May 21, 2009
Wow, I guess Jim Greer really does make the ultimate decision for the entire FL Republican Party these days (not voters).

"Assumed/preordained " candidates--"my way or the highway," Greer? Sad.
Hmm

Orlando, FL

#18 May 22, 2009
Charlie Tuna wrote:
Crist named Maryam H. Ghyabi, 50, of Ormond Beach, and Richard G. Hamann, 58, of Gainesville, to the St. Johns River Water Management District governing board, which controls water consumption permits, approves wetland permits and decides how much water the local utilities can siphon from the St. Johns River... She is a sister of Mori Hosseini, a big-time developer based in Daytona Beach.
Why is Charlie cozying up to rich Arabs?
Littletommy

Orlando, FL

#19 May 22, 2009
This is very unfortunate. Bronson would have made a fine governor. Now we're faced with the possiblity of having Sink as governor (which also is very unfortunate).

Greer needs to be outa here!
Voter

Winter Garden, FL

#20 May 22, 2009
Frank Attkission was head dog for Jim Greer until he was told he could not run for Governor. He had to settle for County Commissioneer in Osceola. We can only hope Frank is kicked out of politics anywhere!!!!!

Jim Greer needs to hit the road and should probably be sent to jail. He should be checked into for the last election in some of the local races!
Procurator

Orlando, FL

#21 May 22, 2009
Voter wrote:
Frank Attkission was head dog for Jim Greer until he was told he could not run for Governor. He had to settle for County Commissioneer in Osceola. We can only hope Frank is kicked out of politics anywhere!!!!!
Jim Greer needs to hit the road and should probably be sent to jail. He should be checked into for the last election in some of the local races!
Frank never had any ideas on the Governor's race as he committed to run in Osceola county for District 4 county commission seat three months ago. Next you will be say Greer controls all Republican races in Florida. That comment that Greer should be sent to jail. For what ?
Voter

Winter Garden, FL

#22 May 23, 2009
Procurator wrote:
<quoted text>Frank never had any ideas on the Governor's race as he committed to run in Osceola county for District 4 county commission seat three months ago. Next you will be say Greer controls all Republican races in Florida. That comment that Greer should be sent to jail. For what ?
Sorry to tell you Frank did want to run for Governor. Do you truly know what he has been thinking! Heard this from a good source. Even Frank would like to know how this got out?
Voter

Winter Garden, FL

#23 May 23, 2009
Procurator wrote:
<quoted text>Frank never had any ideas on the Governor's race as he committed to run in Osceola county for District 4 county commission seat three months ago. Next you will be say Greer controls all Republican races in Florida. That comment that Greer should be sent to jail. For what ?
Greer does control races in Florida and maybe you do not know all that happened in the Belinda Ortiz race. Those really smart candidates who got out of that race ran around bragging!!!

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