GOP gov contender Jack Latvala courting gay Republicans
Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater, exploring a run for governor, will headline a reception in Orlando next week with gay Republicans.
"Republican Senator Latvala is considering a run for Governor. This is a meet and greet opportunity for Republicans in the LGBT community to hear from the Senator, ask questions and get to know him. This is not a fundraiser," says the invite for the June 21 Citrus Club event hosted by Rusty Roberts, a longtime Latvala friend,former Pinellas resident and former chief of staff to U.S. Rep John Mica; Republican consultant and former Christian Coalition leader John Dowless; and business consultant Nayte Carrick.
Latvala said he did not draft the invite, but he and Roberts go back nearly four decades.
"If I end up running and I end up winning I'd be the governor for everybody," he said when asked about courting potential LGBT support. "I don't have a problem with who he invites."