A rift in the Hernando GOP?
The battle lines in the warring factions of the Hernando County GOP are subtle but present. Times columnist Dan DeWitt brought them to light in Sunday's column:
"As best as I can tell, the split in the local Republican Party goes something like this:
There's a moderate wing made up of county Commissioner Jeff Stabins, commission candidates John Druzbick and Billy Healis, blogger Anna Liisa Covell and Realtor Gary Schraut.
The conservative camp — or, as Covell calls them, the "slash-and-burn, far right" faction — includes commission candidates Jon "Jaz" Zydenbos, Hubert "Wayne" Dukes, Jim Adkins, tax-cut advocate Linda Hayward and several leaders of the county Republican Executive Committee, or REC.
I don't pretend the list is all-inclusive. Also, some of these folks downplayed the party's differences, saying they can easily be patched up after Tuesday's primary." Read more here.