With the incoming Republican leadership just a month away from taking office, some leadership is also stepping down. Blaise Ingoglia, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, announced that he would not be running a reelection bid.
In a statement, Ingloglia commented that “After much consideration, I have decided to not run for a third term as RPOF Chairman. Many people dream of going out on top, and with the unprecedented and undeniable success the Republican Party of Florida has had over the past four years, this is my opportunity. We won back-to-back Super Bowls when the ‘chattering class and pundits’ were picking us last in our division.”
Ingloglia continued, “It has been an incredible ride and an absolute honor to serve as chairman in the largest swing state in the nation while leading and working alongside some of the hardest working people in politics, our grassroots.”
He also added that “I take great pride in knowing how hard we worked to help elect a commander-in-chief who has taken on the status quo, a new governor in Ron DeSantis who gets to choose the next three Florida Supreme Court justices and a new U.S. Senator in Rick Scott to work alongside U.S. Senator Marco Rubio t help deliver on the campaign promises of President Trump.”
With Ingloglia stepping down, the focus now turns to the person that will replace him, and there are speculations concerning the successor.
There are many early candiates that are in talks, but one that stands out is state Senator Joe Gruters, Republican Party of Sarasota chair and a person that Governor-elect DeSantis is vouching for.
In a statement, the Governor-elect praised Gruters, saying that “The one guy that has really come out is Joe Gruters. He would be a great pick. We have 67 county chairmen, and Joe has really been a first among equals in many ways in what he’s done with the Sarasota party. They always have excitement going on there. They have people engaged in the party, and they did a good job of turning out voters in Sarasota for us. He’s somebody who’s proven he can be effective.”