Scratch two! Blaise Ignoglia says he’s not running for RPOF chair, either

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Hours after Sarasota GOP chief Joe Gruters announced that he would not be pursuing the chairmanship of the Florida GOP after current chairman Lenny Curry steps down in May, Hernando GOP chairman and current vice chairman Blaise Ignoglia says that he won’t be running for the top spot either.

“I will continue to run an effective campaign to be the next State Representative from District 35, serving the people of Hernando County,” said Ignoglia. “I also remain committed to serving as the Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida as we continue our tireless work towards the re-election of Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, CFO Jeff Atwater, our House and Senate members and candidates, and those running for elected office throughout this great state.” 

With Gruters and Ignoglia declining to run, the field is clear for Clay County’s Leslie Dougher to succeed Curry.

Dougher is currently the chair of the chairman’s caucus. More important, she’s the preferred choice of Governor Rick Scott.

Curry will stay on as chair through the end of May, when an election to replace him will be held at RPOF’s Quarterly Meeting.

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