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State GOP forms 'Leadership Victory Committee' designed to help Rubio, others



Allies of Marco Rubio will head up a Florida Leadership Victory Committee designed to get out the vote in November.

The state GOP announced the committee today, saying it will be co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, CFO Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Rubio is not mentioned in a release but he will raise money for the committee, which will in turn help his campaign and other down-ballot Republicans. The committee comes as Donald Trump is still organizing a ground game in Florida, creating some worry.

“It has always been our objective that Republicans up and down the ballot have success come November," RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said. "As a battleground state, the Republican Party of Florida is spending its time and resources supporting candidates that stand for conservative principles that will reverse the course of President Obama’s failed agenda.  For the Sunshine State, this election is about keeping Hillary Clinton out of the oval office by delivering Florida's 29 electoral votes to the Republican nominee and restoring prosperity to our country."

Lt. Governor of Florida, Carlos Lopez-Cantera: “With control of the Senate comes the direction of the disastrous Iran Deal, the filling of potentially multiple Supreme Court vacancies and the economic future of our country. This committee will work to elect Republicans up and down the ballot because this is a crucial point in our nation’s history, and I am honored to serve as a co-chair alongside CFO Atwater and Commissioner Putnam. The Republican Party of Florida’s efforts will ensure we do not have to see Chuck Schumer as majority leader, because that would be unthinkable. 

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater: “Our nation’s economy hinges on this year’s election. We must all work to maintain Republican majorities at the local, state and federal level, and the grassroots effort here in Florida will be crucial. Florida is a key battleground state, and the committee is devoted to providing the resources necessary for a strong victory in November.”

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam: “Once again, it all comes down to Florida. Without a continued majority in the Senate and House, including Marco Rubio’s leadership, we put America's future at risk. We need to elect principled conservatives now more than ever, and that is why we must work for Republican victories up and down the ballot. These races are too important to take for granted, and Florida and America's futures depend on it.”  

The Florida Leadership Victory Committee will provide the resources necessary to support Florida’s commitment to implementing the strongest grassroots ground game in the country, and will be responsible for party-building activities ranging from voter registration to get-out-the-vote efforts. 


[Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:02pm]


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