Even during the final week of the 2014 Legislative Session, SaintPetersBlog was able to offer the latest news on the race to be the next chair of the Republican Party of Florida.
Beating even the Republican-leaning blogs who supposedly have better insight into the GOP, we first reported that Sarasota GOP chair Joe Gruters was not interested in succeeding Lenny Curry. We also were first with the news that Hernando GOP chair Blaise Ingoglia wasn’t interested either.
Most important, we were the first to publicly float the name of Clay County’s Leslie Dougher as the likely successor to Curry.
With all of this scoopage, we were surprised to read the Naples Daily News‘ Matt Dixon report on Friday that Speaker Will Weatherford was being pushed to run for RPOF chair. Certainly Dixon has many sources I don’t, but as someone relatively close to Weatherfordworld, I had not heard a whisper about Will running for RPOF chair. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t happening, it’s just that news of his being considered was surprising.
Weatherford moved quickly to quell this crazy talk of him being ‘Mr. Chairman.’
“Humbled by all the encouragement to run for RPOF chair but I have a higher calling right now…being a more present husband and father,” Weatherford said on Twitter.
Did that mean he’s definitely not running for the post?
“The answer to that is yes,” he said, according to the Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo. “I’m worn out. We’re going to have our fourth baby in September and I have to man the fort.”
In other words, the smart and savvy Courtney Weatherford was not about to let her husband spend the summer and fall on another campaign trail. Not with a shoe’s worth of children to look after.
Moreover, as much as the Speaker says he supports Governor Rick Scott, did he really want to spend six months serving as Scott’s hatchet man?
That seems beneath Weatherford, especially now that his legacy as the finest Speaker of the House of the modern Republican era is secure. Why blemish that with hyper partisanship?
So, of course, Will Weatherford wasn’t a serious contender for chairman of the Florida. The question is: for which office or position does Weatherford want to be a serious contender?