Lenny Curry to seek second term as chair of the Florida GOP

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Lenny Curry, the media-savvy chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, is telling colleagues he intends to seek a second term (his first full-term) as head of the state GOP and will publicly announce his intentions sometime before Thanksgiving.

Although Florida Republicans suffered at the ballot box last Tuesday, the blame for many of those losses has landed at the feet of national Republicans and the Mitt Romney campaign.

Curry is an ardent supporter of Governor Rick Scott, who is up for re-election in 2014, and is expected to be a staunch advocate of Scott’s re-election.

The Duval County party chairman enjoys wide support inside the party, especially from Republican leaders from his base in northeast Florida. Curry is credited with bringing stability to the party in the wake of the death of then-RPOF chair Dave Bitner.

Other candidates considering running for RPOF chair include Sarasota’s Joe Gruters. Sarasota County was one of the few bright spots for Republicans in 2012, but with Curry’s intention to seek a second term, Gruters will not challenge Curry; rather he will seek a seat on the Sarasota County Commission in 2014.

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.