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Susie Wiles backs Blaise Ingoglia for Florida GOP chair

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A top Republican strategist has thrown her support behind Blaise Ingoglia in his re-election bid for chairman of the Florida GOP.

Susie Wiles, a Jacksonville political consultant and an early supporter of President-elect Donald Trump, endorsed has Ingoglia’s re-election campaign, Ingoglia announced Monday. Wiles was Trump’s top political strategist in Florida, and helped deliver a Florida victory.

“Susie Wiles and Trump Florida Team did an amazing job harnessing the passion and the enthusiasm of the voters this election cycle and we are honored to have her support as we continue our campaign for re-election as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida,” said Ingoglia in an email to supporters.

Ingoglia was elected chairman in 2015, after Republican activists rejected Gov. Rick Scott’s hand-picked chairman. He had served as the party vice chairman, and was backed by grassroots leaders throughout the state.

“As Florida’s Chief Strategist for President-Elect Trump’s Presidential campaign, I can say that the organization built under Chairman Ingoglia’s leadership was a crucial element to our success as we worked together with the Republican National Committee to deliver Florida,” said Wiles in a statement. “To continue that success in the future, we need a steady hand and consistent leadership who will continue to focus on the grassroots.”

“I can’t think of anyone to better serve in that role than Blaise Ingoglia,” she continued. “I am proud to support him in his bid for re-election and am excited to see the new levels of success our party will find with him at the helm again”.

Ingoglia will face Christian Ziegler, a Sarasota Republican committeeman, in the race to serve as the RPOF chair. Ziegler, 33, announced his candidacy in November.

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