State GOP "staff retrieved the cut card immediately because reporters were attempting to take pictures of it and would have discovered that it was in fact not Mr. Greer's card at all, but that of an RPOF [state GOP] staffer," party Executive Director Delmar Johnson told investigators, according to the affidavit.
At the time, Greer's performance was played by media as a show of fiscal responsibility.
"Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer cut his party-issued American Express card in half Saturday, saying GOP elected officials and political operatives will leave home without them," reported the Tallahassee Democrat in a story titled "Chairman Jim Greer cuts spending for GOP."
The paper went on (via Nexis):
"'I am tired, as you are, of reading this garbage that is being promoted by people who ultimately want this party to fail,' Greer said as he produced scissors at the rostrum of the Republican State Committee quarterly meeting and snipped his American Express card."
For the record, the Miami Herald did accurately refer to Greer snipping up "what he said was his own American Express card."