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John Thrasher not everyone’s choice for GOP job

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A philosophical dustup at a Republican meeting Thursday night designed to elect state Sen. John Thrasher as the GOP state committeeman from St. Johns County ended with police called and a dissenter escorted out.

John Stevens, the Northeast Florida chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, has been a vocal opponent of Thrasher’s run to become chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Selection as a committeeman is a requirement to run for the party leadership post. Stevens arrived at the meeting where a dispute erupted over his rights to be there under the party bylaws.

Stevens refused to leave until St. Augustine police were called about 7:30 p.m. to escort him out. Police Cpl. Kevin Schmoll said no one was charged.

Thrasher is running to replace Jim Greer, who had been criticized by some party activists and resigned this month.

Thrasher was elected to the state committee post Thursday night. Read the rest of the story here.

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