Tampa Bay Young Republicans meeting to feature state GOP vice chairman
Republican Party of Florida vice chairman Blaise Ingoglia is the featured speaker at Tuesday night's meeting of the Tampa Bay Young Republicans. The meeting, at 7 p.m. at the Floridan Palace hotel, 905 N Florida Ave., in downtown Tampa, is open to the public.
Ingoglia, 42, is a home builder and former tournament poker player whose Hartland Homes prospered during the real estate boom — partly by selling to out-of-town speculators.
Ingoglia's public life began in 2007, when he drew praise and criticism for his "Government Gone Wild" seminars that focused public attention on what he described as wasteful spending In Hernando County.
In 2008, Ingoglia spent his own money to help unseat two Democratic incumbents from the Hernando County Commission. He joined the Hernando Republican Executive Committee in early 2009 and won the chairman's job in a special election later the same year. Since then, he has been re-elected twice.
Ingoglia also has expanded the focus of his "Government Gone Wild" seminars and online videos to target the federal government. His Facebook page has more than 215,000 fans, and his videos have more than 7 million views on YouTube.
In 2011, Ingoglia was elected as interim vice chairman of the state party. He was re-elected to the post in January. He is currently a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives in District 35. The seat is currently held by Republican Rob Schenck, who must step aside due to term limits.