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    Thumbs up New RPOF Chairman

    Rick Scott is pissed off. There is no denying it. His second term is off to, what I and many others call, a rough start. The controversies in the FDLE, him not releasing financial records, and now losing his Chairwoman in the RPOF? Yep, things are going down bad for Scott. His crony system seems to be somewhat crumbling and on unsolid grounds at the moment.

    The Miami Herald reports on the good news from the RPOF:

    The Republican Party of Florida's grassroots bucked Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday by choosing to replace his hand-picked chairwoman with a leader of its own choosing, state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia.


    In the end, many Republicans say, the decision to pass over sitting Chair Leslie Dougher was less about Scott and more about her campaign and Ingoglia's bid.


    "Her campaign was top heavy and aggressive. They took it for granted. The grassroots didn't go for it," said one voter. "This was not a rejection of Scott. He’s very popular here. It was a rejection of a top-down approach. "


    Still, Scott put his neck out there. He publicly spoke in Dougher's favor. And he lost his figurative head of the party. That never happens. It didn't with Gov. Charlie Crist when he was a Republican. It didn't when Jeb Bush was governor. And it didn't happen in Scott's first term.


    Hours after the vote, the Florida GOP's executive director, Juston Johnson, resigned. Some Republicans said they wanted to stay and cheer the resignation. In a further sign of how stinging the defeat was, the RPOF's Twitter handle, @FloridaGOP, didn't tweet out an obligatory congratulations to Ingoglia, its new chair.


    Ingoglia's win is also a sign that the Republican-controlled Legislature won't be easily controlled by Scott.
    Scott is apparently pissed enough to not want to do fundraising for the RPOF now. But, I think this article does a good job of pulling things together for the crumbling Scott regime.

    From the Miami Herald:

    Gov. Rick Scott has started losing allies and credibility midway through the first month of his second term.


    It all erupted in one politically disastrous week in which Scott:


    1. Was publicly accused of being a liar by the former chief of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He says the governor’s campaign last year inappropriately tried to meddle in department business and investigations for political reasons.


    2. Estranged fellow statewide elected Republicans in the Florida Cabinet, who began to distance themselves from Scott amid the controversy.


    3. Was embarrassed by rank-and-file Republican Party of Florida members who bucked him by refusing to vote in his handpicked party chair. By weighing in on the race — and using arm-twisting tactics — Scott broke his pledge to remain neutral. After RPOF members defied Scott and chose a different party chair, a bizarre scene unfolded at the GOP’s Tallahassee headquarters, where Senate Republican staffers moved out and took $800,000 with them.
    Now, with the establishment GOP fighting itself and Rick Scott, things might be better off for the liberty movement in 2016. Scott won't be all happy for the Legislature, as it will end up being his enemy, with the new RPOF Chairman being a State Representative. This might be a good thing for us in the long run. I'll try to keep an eye on the chaos here in Florida.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffro97 View Post
    Now, with the establishment GOP fighting itself and Rick Scott, things might be better off for the liberty movement in 2016. Scott won't be all happy for the Legislature, as it will end up being his enemy, with the new RPOF Chairman being a State Representative. This might be a good thing for us in the long run. I'll try to keep an eye on the chaos here in Florida.
    Keep bucking Scott. New Republican Gov in 2018 lessgetit.
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    "Young people want a Republican Party that believes in limited government and economic freedom and individual liberty, but they want a party that also acts on it.”

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    First they ignore you= Ron Paul, 2007-2008
    Then they laugh at you= Ron Paul, 2012
    Then they fight you= Rand Paul, 2014-2015
    And then you win= Rand Paul, November 8th, 2016






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