The next GOP chair
Republican activists gathered in Orlando for their party's quarterly meeting this weekend, cheering on their candidates - and also quietly buzzing about another looming election. The next GOP chairperson will be elected early next year, and it's unclear yet whether current chairwoman Carole Jean Jordan will seek another term.
Nobody wants to talk too much about that race before November, but among those in the mix: Jordan; state House Speaker Allan Bense; Pinellas state committeeman Paul Bedinghaus; Republican national committeewoman Sharon Day of Broward County. Should Charlie Crist win the governor's mansion, he'll presumably be the deciding vote.