The top three contenders who are poised to take over the post of Florida State Gov. Charlie Crist next year has conveyed different viewpoints on whether or not investigations should be done by the state with regards to credit card use under ex-chairman Jim Greer at the Republican Party.
Democrat and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink said recently that Attorney General Bill McCollum should investigate the expenditures of the party. Greer, along with other top officials, allegedly spent the party's contributions extravagantly.
However, the Attorney General said that his office cannot push through with the investigation until the new Republican Party is elected this month.
Lakeland Republican Sen. Paula Dockery has been calling for the usage of the credit cards to be made known to the public.
Sink asserts that there were indeed 'egregious abuses of credit card usage.' He added that the Attorney General must step up since McCollum has the highest authority in the state to look into the issue.
Sen. Dockery said that the Republican Party is obliged to release the specific details of the card usage. She added that the 'ridiculousness' should still be looked into by the Attorney General.
Complaints regarding revelations of questionable expenditures led to Greer's untimely exit last month. Delmar Johnson, party executive director and a former Crist aide, allegedly was responsible for over $400,000 in expenditures in 2009 amidst the financial crisis.
Both Dockery and Sink intend to replace McCollum as next year's Attorney General.
Moreover, both Democrat Sen. Dan Gelber and Sen. Dave Aronberg agree that Florida citizens should benefit from increased transparency and accountability from public officials. They also said that the accusations of 'possible criminal activities' within the Republican Party of Florida demand immediate criminal investigation.
Both senators are calling on McCollum, as the chief law enforcement officer of the state, to launch a formal request to the Department of Law Enforcement in Florida. Public corruption and possible criminal activity are at stake regarding the credit card behaviors of high-profile lawmakers.
The Attorney General responded by saying that the Democrats are merely taking advantage of the situation. He insists that a new chairperson in the Republican Party should be chosen first before any inquiries could be launched.
McCollum said that he would delegate the task to the Department of Law Enforcement in Florida after the election of the new chairman. He does, however, acknowledge the good intentions of both Sen. Gelber and Aronberg but he accuses them of "playing a little politics" in their intention to run for office.
The Attorney General assures that there would be a "thorough audit" by the time the investigations are over.