Blaise Ingoglia re-elected state Republican Party chairman
The Florida Republican Party easily re-elected Hernando County Republican Blaise Ingoglia to a second two-year term to lead the state GOP through the 2018 election season.
In Orlando on Saturday, Ingoglia, 46, gave a final speech to Republican activists that pushed back against his main opponent’s top criticism that the party had become fractured during his tenure. He pointed to victories up and down the ballot in November as proof the party is in good hands with him at the helm.
But Sarasota Republican Christian Ziegler, 33, countered that if party loyalists voted for him, they’d get somebody who would work better with Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Senate. After Ingoglia, who is also an elected member of the Florida House, got elected two years ago, Scott and the Florida Senate Republican leaders pulled most of their financial resources from the RPOF.
The Republicans voted 152 to 76 for Ingoglia.
Ingoglia will served a second two year term in the position that pays $115,000 a year.