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Rick Scott: Keep Lenny Curry as Fla GOP Chair

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Florida Republicans have little to boast about after this past election, but so far we've heard of no credible (or even non-credible) Republican looking to challenge Florida GOP Chairman Lenny Curry for re-election. Despite the weak showing on election day, Curry remains well-regarded and appears not to be taking anything for granted.

Today Curry, forwarded to party activists the following endorsement letter from Gov. Rick Scott:

Fellow Republican,

Building a winning organization requires a leader with talent, vision, and a relentless dedication to the pursuit of excellence.   RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry embodies all of those qualities, and it is without hesitation that I support him for reelection next year.

Under Chairman Curry’s leadership, RPOF posted record-breaking fundraising totals, including over $9.5 million dollars in 2012 alone. Florida Republicans still have sizable majorities in the Florida House and Senate and within our Congressional delegation, and our party holds all of the Cabinet offices.  I look forward to working with each of these office holders to meet the needs of Florida families – from creating opportunities for new jobs, to ensuring the best education system possible and lowering the cost of living.  

Like you and I, Chairman Curry was disappointed with the outcome of the 2012 election cycle.  However, we must continue to move forward.  That means offering solutions to the people of Florida.  To that end, I am confident Chairman Curry will continue to communicate our vision for a bright and prosperous future and work even harder to win the hearts and minds of every person in our great state.

Make no mistake about it, we have our work cut out for us. Success is never easy.   However, we owe it to our fellow Floridians to ensure a strong, vibrant Republican Party.   I agree wholeheartedly with Chairman Curry that Republicans must continue to lead at the state level and in our local communities.  We believe in a smaller government, financial discipline and the importance of giving every person the opportunity to pursue the American dream.   They need to see that we are a party that stands for real prosperity and opportunity for everyone.

Over the past two years, our party has worked hard to overcome adversity and restore financial discipline.   Chairman Curry has been instrumental in those efforts, building on the new foundation laid by Chairman Thrasher and Chairman Bitner.   I firmly believe that Chairman Curry is the right choice to provide the necessary stability, vision, and relentless dedication to excellence necessary for success.  I already know he has the talent for the job.

Please join me in supporting Lenny Curry for re-election as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.

Sincerely,
 
Rick Scott
Governor

[Last modified: Monday, November 19, 2012 3:41pm]

    

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