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#13 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Blaise Ingoglia

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Top 25 13Native New Yorker Blaise Ingoglia isn’t on the list because he represents Hernando County as a state representative in the House.

No, It’s because of his ascent to becoming chairman of the Republican Party of Florida in January 2015.

After winning that spirited race (including over Leslie Dougher, Rick Scott’s hand-picked candidate), Ingoglia has repeated like a mantra that his No. 1 goal is to have the Sunshine State turn red in this November’s presidential election.

It’s been challenging, though. Since his election, Gov. Rick Scott’s fundraising efforts have turned away from the RPOF and into his own Let’s Get to Work committee. That put a burden on Ingoglia that previous RPOF chairs haven’t had to contend with.

While RPOF fundraising has been down in comparison with previous years, it still absolutely blows the Florida Democratic Party out of the water.

Ingoglia moves up from being ranked 18 in the 2015 survey.

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For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who comprised the panel that assembled it, please read here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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