Email Insights: Blaise Ingoglia wants RPOF chair on his full plate

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Even after her role in the wildly successful GOP election cycle, Leslie Dougher’s next term as Republican Party of Florida chair may not be guaranteed.

Dougher, recently endorsed by none other than Gov. Rick Scott, has drawn a high-profile challenger in her re-election effort: RPOF vice chair and state House Rep.-elect Blaise Ingoglia.

Ingoglia, in an email to supporters this morning, announced his intentions to run for RPOF chair – adding yet another title to his long resume – as the party faces 2016.

One prediction for 2016: Republicans (and Democrats) can expect to hear the word “grassroots” – a lot.

For example, Ingoglia uses it twice, calling for a “strong grassroots organization,” as well as using technology to maximize GOP efforts.

“With the upcoming Presidential Election, we have many challenges ahead of us, and we must be ready,” he writes. “In order to regain the White House, we must win Florida, and it’s up to us, the grassroots, to deliver that win.

“Our nation will be watching.”

“Our next Chairman must have a strategic vision as well as the resolve to get things done,” he adds. “But, above all…it must be a team effort.”

Which leads to a question: will Ingoglia, who probably will be busy representing District 35 in the upcoming session, have enough room for chair on an already full plate? Especially when he (likely) will be running his own re-election effort in 2016.

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