No sooner than I stated that Blaise Ingoglia could be the next Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Ingoglia decides to take himself out of consideration for the job.
In a statement released late Thursday night, Ingoglia wished outing Party Chairman Lenny Curry well-wishes, and said that he was “committed to serving as the Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.”
“I would personally like to thank Chairman Lenny Curry for his service to our state party and his dedication to grassroots Republicans across Florida. Lenny has my support in his run for Mayor of Jacksonville and I wish him nothing but success in the future”
“I will continue to run an effective campaign to be the next State Representative from District 35, serving the people of Hernando County. I also remain committed to serving as the Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida as we continue our tireless work towards the re-election of Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, CFO Jeff Atwater, our House and Senate members and candidates, and those running for elected office throughout this great state. “-Blaise Ingoglia
So who will be the next Chairman, or Chairwoman of the state GOP?
According to a source close to the Republican Party’s House and Senate Campaigns, Lenny Curry will be tapping Clay County Chairwoman Leslie Dougher as his successor, and not Ingoglia or Sarasota Chairman Joe Gruters, simply because they could probably outshine Rick Scott in this election year.
Think about it. Both Ingoglia and Gruters carry themselves as state party Chairman, but at the county level. Ingoglia obviously has a broader statewide appeal, considering that he is the Vice Chairman of the party.
You can’t argue with what both of these guys have done with the Republican brand over the past couple of years.
Governor Rick Scott is said to be following Curry’s recommendation, and will support Dougher for the post.
So, in other words, the fix is in over at the RPOF, again.