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The national Republican resurgance St Pete?



Until the following e-mails we were under the impression that the Florida GOP and RNC did squat to elect Bill Foster, a Republican, mayor of Florida's fourth largest city, despite Florida Democrats wading in fairly heavily for Democrat Kathleen Ford:

Florida Republican Chairman Jim Greer: "On behalf of the Republican Party of Florida, I am honored to congratulate Bill Foster on his election to serve the people of Florida as mayor of St. Petersburg and to thank outgoing mayor Rick Baker for his years of dedicated service.  Pinellas County switched to a majority Democrat registered county during the 2008 cycle and was and one of the areas where President Obama’s Campaign spent the most money and had a powerful ground game. The fact that a year later the tide has turned and a conservative was elected to this important position demonstrates that the Obama election was an anomaly and not indicative of a lasting change in the electorate."

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele: “I would like to congratulate Bill Foster on his election to serve as mayor of St. Petersburg.  St. Petersburg has also been fortunate to have Rick Baker serve with distinction for eight years and I have no doubt that Bill will build upon what Rick has already accomplished – a strong record of fiscal conservatism and transparency. Bill’s victory is significant since President Obama carried the county in 2008 and has since dramatically increased the Democrat registration.  As we approach the 2010 elections, I am confident we will see more Floridians elect leaders who believe in less taxes and less spending.”

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:26pm]


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