Dear Friends and Members:
Today, Chairman Dave Bitner notified the State Committee of his resignation as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida effective September 23, 2011. As most of you know, Chairman Bitner was diagnosed with ALS several months ago and at this time he and Wendy have decided that it is time for him to step down.
Chairman Bitner has served our party with integrity, full commitment and solid leadership.
Dave is a great Republican and a great friend to us and our party. His leadership will be sorely missed. The Hillsborough County Republican Party’s thoughts and prayers go out to him and Wendy at this difficult time.
The Hillsborough County Republican Party understands the tasks we have at hand – that is winning elections, and defeating Bill Nelson and Barrack Obama on November 6, 2012. There is no more important task before us as Republicans.
We also understand that the unity of our party is so important in these difficult times. Chairman Bitner has asked the State Committee and all Republicans to support Vice Chairman Lenny Curry as the next Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.
Lenny will lead us into 2012 with energy, determination and the leadership we need to be successful.
As your State Executive Committee Representatives, myself, Tina and AJ are in complete agreement with Chairman Bitner, that Lenny Curry should be elected and serve as the next Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. We fully support and will vote for Lenny Curry to be our next Chairman. We hope you join us in this support.
Tonight, when you go to bed, please say a prayer for a great person, father, husband and friend, Chairman Dave Bitner.