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Curry gets backing of party leaders for re-election as RPOF chairman
Posted Nov 27, 2012 by William March
Updated Nov 27, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Despite rumors that he might face a challenge for re-election, state Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry now has the backing of three of his most important constituents in the job—Gov. Rick Scott, state Senate President Don Gaetz and state House Speaker Will Weatherford.
Shortly after the Republican Party sustained losses in the Nov. 6 election, including losing the state to President Barack Obama in the presidential race, there was talk among Republicans that Curry could face a challenge for re-election.
Some of the talk focussed on party Vice Chairman Blaise Ingoglia of Hernando County, Sarasota County Chairman Joe Gruters or others. But no one ever publicly announced a challenge, and the backing for Curry now makes it seem unlikely there will be one.
Curry recently sent an email to Republicans including an endorsement from Scott, who backed Curry’s election to the position in 2011. Scott said he retained confidence in Curry even though, “Like you and I, Chairman Curry was disappointed with the outcome of the 2012 election cycle.”
Today, Curry sent out endorsements from Weatherford and Gaetz.
Gaetz said Curry “has proven that he is a true conservative leader with a level head and a strong heart,” and “has united ourParty through common sense and openness.”
Weatherford said Curry “has devoted full time to advocate for our cause and our candidates all across the state.”