The stump speeches for FL GOP Chair
The GOP elites in Florida know former House Speaker Jon Thrasher well, but he's a bit of a stranger to many of the party's grass roots activists. A few minutes ago, Cindy Graves made a motion calling for Thrasher to address assembled executive committee members. He stood up and said - to applause - he would only do it if any other candidate (Sharon Day) has the same opportunity.
Having just been through a bruising election to the state senate, he said he knows how to win election and he knows how to build a formidable campaign machine. "I don't feel anointed, I really don't. I'm going to try to earn your respect, your confidence...I've been called recently by many of the major donors who unfortunately abecause some of the things that have been doing on have sat on the sidelines...They're ready to get back in the game, we need them back in the game, and I promise you this we're going to get them back in the game."
Day spoke of the three legs of the party - elected officials, major donors and the Republican executive committee members and stresses tp the committee members that she is one of them. She made it official that she's running: "The response has been so overwhelming and so powerful, and and your comments have been so important about the strength of this committee and what we have to do as a team...I'm going to look you in the eye today right now and say I'm making the commitment to run from this committee, from this body to run as chairman of the RPOF."
A third candidate, Mark Cross, also announces his candidacy, stessing the importance of unity.