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3 Floridians on NewsMax's top 25 most influential GOP women



Congrats to Pam Bondi, Ana Navarro and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for being named among the country's top 25 most influential Republican women by Newsmax:

Ros-Lehtinen: One measure of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s political gifts: In her 10 full terms in Congress, she never failed to garner at least 58 percent of the vote. As the first Cuban-American and the first Hispanic woman to serve in the United States Congress, she’s also a trailblazer.

She was a child when her family fled Castro’s Cuba. Now 61, she is an outspoken Castro opponent, and a redoubtable advocate for a strong American foreign policy. She is the former chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and, due to rotation, now chairs the powerful subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. She also serves as a member of the House Committee on Rules.

Ros-Lehtinen says Republicans lost the women’s vote “through our own incompetence.” But she expresses confidence women can be wooed back to the party, noting women are opening new businesses in large numbers. When you become a business owner, she says, “you understand the meaning of what our GOP is all about."

Navarro: Ana Navarro is one of the most outspoken and influential women in politics. She served as Gov. Jon Huntsman’s national Hispanic co-chair in 2012. Born in Nicaragua, she immigrated to the United States with her family during the Sandinista conflict of the 1980s. She is a political contributor for CNN and CNN en Espanol and has influenced state and national races in Florida.

She also served as Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s adviser on immigration policy.

On election night, she boldly tweeted that “Mitt Romney self-deported himself from the White House,” leading ACU chief Al Cardenas to tell the Tampa Bay Times: “Ana has a passion about her, and she’s not going to be intimidated or coerced into doing anything other than what’s right in her mind.”

Bondi: Bondi’s lead role in the state-level lawsuit that challenged Obamacare has won her a devoted following among the GOP rank-and-file. Following an 18-year career as a prosecutor and assistant state attorney general, Bondi, 47, won Sarah Palin’s endorsement during the course of her successful 2010 campaign. She has become something of a conservative reformer in Florida, investigating mortgage and Medicaid fraud and fighting human trafficking.

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[Last modified: Monday, August 5, 2013 10:21am]


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