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Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist Allegedly Paid Men to Hide Gay Affair: VIDEO


Allegations about former Florida GOP Governor Charlie Crist, long rumored to be gay, are emerging in a Florida Department of Law Enforcement Investigative Report in a scandal involving Republican Party Chair Jim Greer. Greer allegedly paid himself to raise money for the GOP and is set to go to trial in July.

The Crist details have emerged in discovery documents surrounding the investigation, WTSP reports:

The allegations come from Damon Chase, Jim Greer's attorney. Chase told John Morgan of Morgan and Morgan where Charlie Crist works, that if had to depose the former Governor, Crist would be embarrassed by the following issues:

- Charlie Crist is a homosexual and had homosexual relationships with at least two men who were paid to leave the state to avoid embarrassing then Governor Crist.

- Charlie Crist attempted to kiss Greer at a hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

- Governor Crist had drunken escapades and his security detail had to cover for him.

- Charlie Crist attempted to run over people while he was intoxicated and operating a golf cart.


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  1. we always know. i could have told you this forever ago.

    Posted by: Clay | Jun 8, 2012 8:17:03 PM


    It's all coming out at last. I well remember the Charlie Crist cover-up, with former boytoys being sent out of state.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 8, 2012 8:22:50 PM

  3. Yeah I remember back in 2008 when there was talk he could be McCain's VP choice. He got married REAL quick once his name started getting thrown around. I wonder if Mrs. Crist is still around?

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 8, 2012 8:29:27 PM

  4. Certainly you've seen the documentary Outrage, right? If you haven't you can now stream it on Netflix. It covers Crist and other closeted antigay republicans in great detail. Still resonates today, even if it is a few years old.

    Posted by: thunderboltfan | Jun 8, 2012 8:31:10 PM

  5. God, but local newscasts are a horror show. No sympathy for Charlie Crist, but the Scary Kissing Pervy Homo trope lives on.

    Posted by: Charles | Jun 8, 2012 8:40:53 PM

  6. I would think the more disparaging news about Crist is that he's a mean drunk and attempted murderer for trying to hit people with a golf cart while drunk.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jun 8, 2012 8:46:55 PM

  7. Imagine this going on in such a swing state as Florida! SHOCKING! Poky the Pig!
    And what about the voter suppression?!?

    Posted by: FogBuffy | Jun 8, 2012 8:51:57 PM

  8. Is this story from the 1950's? Damn.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 8, 2012 8:56:41 PM

  9. Exactly Charles - I thought I was watching a broadcast from 1982 not 2012 - acting as if Crist's sexuality were the main story. As Woodroad34D noted, there's a lot worse stuff going on - payoffs, illegal campaign funding, drunkenness, cover-ups. If Crist had been acting the same way with a bunch of women, would it be any better?

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Jun 8, 2012 8:57:27 PM

  10. I saw "Outrage" three years ago and these allegations were well-known even then.

    Great flick:

    Posted by: Xavi | Jun 8, 2012 9:01:21 PM

  11. it's just the usual boys-will-be-boys stuff politicians are made of. The only difference is Crist likes to be boys with other boys. Big fkn deal.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jun 8, 2012 9:07:06 PM

  12. The use the word "homosexual" so much that it makes you wonder if they have their own agenda. Why the hell is this a news story?

    Posted by: Tony | Jun 8, 2012 9:11:29 PM

  13. The GOPers will be upset about the golf cart abuse. The rest is standard repug behavior.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jun 8, 2012 9:29:05 PM

  14. he must have been snorting "bath salts" as only a zombie would be trying to kiss Greer

    Posted by: Dan | Jun 8, 2012 9:36:47 PM

  15. Shocked: I tell you... SHOCKED!

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Jun 8, 2012 9:38:05 PM

  16. It's about time. Better late than never. "Sorry Charlie".

    Posted by: russ | Jun 8, 2012 9:57:42 PM

  17. While there is no shame (nor should there be) in being a gay politician, when said politician is as slimy as Crist and this all hits the fan during this election cycle, it is just delicious for those of us who support true FAMILY values in a pivotal swing state. ~Obama/Biden 2012~

    Posted by: TampaDink | Jun 8, 2012 10:14:08 PM

  18. :O Wow, sorta hard to absorb all of this at once. Wowzers.

    Posted by: Johnson | Jun 8, 2012 11:20:59 PM

  19. Greer’s attorney accused of witness tampering for pressuring Crist

    Former Republican Party chief Jim Greer’s lawyer is accused of attempting to pressure former Gov. Charlie Crist to recant his testimony in the ongoing lawsuit over a secret party contract

    By Lucy Morgan
    Tampa Bay Times Senior Correspondent

    A lawyer for former Gov. Charlie Crist has accused former GOP Chairman Jim Greer and his lawyer of possible witness tampering.

    John Morgan, the senior partner in the law firm where Crist now works, has told agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that Damon Chase, the Lake Mary lawyer who represents Greer, pressured him to have Crist change his testimony or face embarrassing personal questions. Morgan said he represents Crist.

    - SNIP -

    Documents released late Friday by Assistant Statewide Prosecutor Michael Williams include the FDLE report documenting Morgan’s call to FDLE on May 17. The call was made a few days after Morgan said he received a call from Chase suggesting that Crist could avoid giving a deposition in the criminal case if he was willing to revise an earlier affidavit that denied knowledge of the company Greer was creating.

    Morgan gave prosecutors copies of emails exchanged with Chase after the call. In an email to Chase sent on May 14, the day Morgan says he received the call from Chase, Morgan told the lawyer he had shared details of the conversation with Crist.

    “My personal opinion is that Jim is desperate and using you as a way to extort Charlie with embarrassing questions,’’ Morgan wrote. “You have a very good reputation in this town. As a friend I warn you to be careful in helping Jim at all costs. There are things you don’t know that will be very shocking to you. Don’t get caught up in it yourself.’’

    Chase responded 26 minutes later, saying he appreciated “the friendly heads up,’’ and adding that he would extend “the same courtesy to you about Charlie.’’

    “You too enjoy a good reputation which doesn’t need the tarnish of political scandal. Charlie clearly lied and now one by one his closest friends are coming out against him because what he did to Greer was just wrong. In the event Charlie remains unwilling to clarify his affidavit, I’m left with no other choice than to discredit him. I don’t find that type of practice particularly tasteful, but sometimes I suppose it’s necessary.’’

    - SNIP -

    Asked about the allegations Friday, Chase called Morgan’s allegations “ridiculous,’’ adding that he exchanged “friendly emails’’ while they discussed scheduling Crist’s deposition.

    “I sent him all the proof of Crist’s lies and told him I thought it would be in his best interest to start telling the truth, nothing more,’’ Chase responded in an email to a Tampa Bay Times reporter. “If advising a witness’ lawyer that his client should tell the truth is tampering then color me guilty.’’

    FDLE investigators contacted Crist after receiving the report from Morgan. On May 25, Crist told investigators he thought Greer was trying to embarrass him and said he believed it was “tantamount to witness tampering.’’ Crist said he wanted it reported to authorities.

    - SNIP -

    Crist did not return telephone calls seeking comment for this story.

    Read more here:

    Posted by: dave02657 | Jun 8, 2012 11:52:01 PM

  20. Really? His sexuality is an issue? Oh, that's right, we live in Floridah. Get real folks. We have gay people in the House of Representatives, the senate, the cabinet. What the hell is the big deal? They are our relatives, our bosses, our coworkers, our ministers, our lawyers and our doctors. Who cares if Christ is gay? Find something important to rail against like the fact that the SCOTUS has sold or right to vote and elections don't mean a thing.

    Posted by: J. Leo | Jun 9, 2012 12:14:12 AM

  21. No surprise here, closeted gay republicans are the most dangerous and destructive people to gay rights.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jun 9, 2012 12:25:51 AM

  22. He would still be a better governor than Rick Scott and a better senator than Marco Rubio, all things considered.

    Posted by: Charles | Jun 9, 2012 1:24:57 AM

  23. So one is not gay if one is in the closet and acts like straight and is therefore accepted in gop circles. How nice for them!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 9, 2012 4:05:11 AM

  24. didn't a recent pole show if Crist ran against Scott today he would win by a considerable margin?

    Posted by: ladycaca | Jun 9, 2012 4:17:42 AM

  25. Old news Christ before elected, was outed in the palm beach new times and no one listened who cares anyway, nor is it any secret how underhanded the republican party works and here we go again there going to blame it on liberal media

    Posted by: Richard Golden | Jun 9, 2012 5:15:02 AM

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