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GOP gov contender Jack Latvala courting gay Republicans

Sen. Jack Latvala

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Sen. Jack Latvala



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."


[Last modified: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 5:24pm]


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