Sarasota GOP’s Joe Gruters leading petition drive for ‘Holder for LG’

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Sarasota GOP chairman Joe Gruters announced a petition drive this week to push Governor Rick Scott to select state Rep. Doug Holder as his second-in-command. Gruters’ announcement came shortly after Scott left after speaking at an event in Venice Monday.

Gruters said Holder, an Osprey Republican, deserves serious consideration because he has strong support in the local community and is well-respected in GOP circles.

Gruters said he had already spoken to Scott about selecting Holder.

Holder said he was caught off guard by the gesture. He said he would be open to talking to Scott about the position but has not brought it up himself to Scott.

“What an unexpected surprise,” Holder said.

More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune‘s Jeremy Wallace here.

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