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Jeff Atwater latest to support Blaise Ingoglia re-election as Florida GOP chair

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Jeff Atwater is the latest statewide leader throwing his support behind a second term for Republican Party of Florida Chair Blaise Ingoglia.

“The grassroots of our party should elect our Chairman,” Florida’s chief financial officer said in a statement Wednesday. “I don’t tell the grassroots how to vote. But, I have a responsibility to tell the grassroots who I am voting for to Chair our Party.”

Atwater continued: “We need a fierce competitor who never blinks, works harder than anyone else, who is a relentless supporter of local parties, who will walk door-to-door, work the phones and never forget that the road to victory runs through the engine of our extraordinary grassroots leaders all across Florida … that’s why I’m voting for Blaise Ingoglia!”

Ingoglia celebrated Atwater’s backing, calling him a “great friend” to the RPOF and a “grassroots leader as evidenced by his frequent attendance at our quarterly meetings and many Lincoln and Reagan day dinners” across the state.

Last month, Ingoglia announced a list of 114 Republican activists, in addition to several current and new members of Congress who have publicly endorsed him, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio; U.S. Reps. Ted Yoho, Gus Bilirakis, Carlos Curbelo, Ron DeSantis, Tom Rooney, Dennis Ross and Daniel Webster, as well as Congressmen-elect Neil Dunn, Matt Gaetz, Brian Mast and John Rutherford.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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