by Javier Manjarres
Newly elected RPOF Chairman Dave Bitner’s gesture to share the stage with the other candidates who ran against him was praised as a show of unity that many in the Republican ranks hope will endure through the 2012 election cycle. Chairman Bitner vowed that the RPOF has turned a new leaf, and that under his administration, it will show nothing less than absolute transparency-a problem that the state party has been plagued with since Governor Crist first became Governor of the State of Florida. The consensus within Republican circles is that , even though there is a new Chairman at the helm of the party, the GOP grassroots is concerned that many Greer-Crist era cronies and staffers that are still entrenched at the party could prove to be a obstacle in Bitner’s move for transparency . Bitner addresses the notion of a thorough ‘house cleaning’ at the RPOF after becoming the Chairman of the party.