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Pinellas’ Nancy Riley ‘probably’ running for RPOF Vice-Chair

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Nancy Riley, the RPOF’s state committeewoman from Pinellas County, announced on her Facebook page that “I will probably be throwing my hat in the ring for Vice Chairman of the RPOF with the pledge not to run in January so we can have a “real” campaign from February to next January giving candidates running for the office time to educate us on their qualifications.”

Riley is running for Vice-Chair in wake of Allen Cox’s resignation as part of the fallout from the RPOF’s internal battle that led to the departure of Chair Jim Greer.

Although I’ve only had positive interactions with Riley, I believe a recent quote by her may come back to haunt her. Talking about the resignation of Jim Greer, Riley, a supporter of both Greer and Governor Charlie Crist, said:

“People who tried to disrupt the party, if they don’t get in line we’re not going to tolerate it,” said Pinellas state committee member Nancy Riley, a Greer supporter who said he did the honorable thing in stepping down. “We’re not going to tolerate this kind of destruction. We’re either going to unite, or we’re going to get rid of this type of Republican.”

The GOP’s elections for party officers will be held on February 20.

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