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Hillsborough GOP to RPOF: Back off!

With the state GOP apparently doing all it can to push Senate candidate Marco Rubio aside, the executive committee of the Hillsborough Republican party held an emergency meeting today and unanimously passed a resolution urging the state GOP not to take sides, make an endorsment, or invoke Rule 11. It said in part:


WHEREAS , the undersigned understand, acknowledge, and confirm that the unequivocal and biased support or endorsement by the Republican Party of Florida as an entity, or any duly recognized subdivision thereof, of any Republican candidate over another properly registered Republican who fosters the ideals and Principles of the Republican Party and is not otherwise morally objectionable, is contrary to the interests and rights of the individuals each respective organization represents and the principles and ideals of the Republican Party, unless such endorsement has been duly voted upon in accordance with Rule 8 of the Republican Party of Florida Rules of Procedure.

WHEREAS , the undersigned hold and assert, that the actions of the Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and the Republican Party of Florida, since the announcement by Governor Charlie Christ of his candidacy for U.S. Senate, have contravened and ignored the principles and ideals of the Republican party, the underlying philosophies of party primaries, the objectives set forth in the Constitution of the Republican Party of Florida, Rule 8 of the Republican Party of Florida Rules of Procedure, the Republican Party of Florida's representative form of government, and the inherent duties obligatory to any constituency so represented.

Hillsborough Republican Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush said the resolution has nothing to do with any particular candidate. "Republicans believe in the primary process and should pick the candidate of their choice, become engaged and work to get that candidate elected in the primary," she said."After that, we will support that candidate chosen by Republicans in the primary and elect them to office.  This is the fundamental believe and principles intended and this is what I took the oath of office to follow and represent.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:00pm]


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