The three Republican members of the Florida Cabinet Tuesday endorsed Lenny Curry’s bid to serve as chairman of the Republican Party of Florida for a second term.
The announced support from CFO Jeff Atwater, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam came a day after Gov. Rick Scott endorsed Curry, who also heads the Duval County GOP.
“Chairman Curry believes that Republicans must continue to have a strong voice not only in the political process, but also in framing the debate for local, state and national issues which builds the foundation of our party,” Bondi said in a statement that included comments from all three cabinet members.
Despite Florida going to president Barack Obama, and Republicans losing seats in both Congress and the state legislature, there are no announced challengers running against Curry.
Members of the party’s executive committee will select the next chairman at their annual meeting.
Here is the release
FLORIDA CABINET MEMBERS ENDORSE LENNY CURRY FOR SECOND TERM AS RPOF CHAIRMAN
Today, members of the Florida Cabinet – Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, and Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam – unanimously endorsed Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Lenny Curry in his bid to lead the state GOP for another term.
“Chairman Curry believes that Republicans must continue to have a strong voice not only in the political process, but also in framing the debate for local, state and national issues which builds the foundation of our party,” said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. “His unwavering commitment to our principles and his dedication to improving how we communicate our message, has earned him another term as leader of our party.”
“As Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, accountability and transparency in how funds are managed is critical to the strength of any organization, whether they be taxpayer dollars or political contributions,” said CFO Jeff Atwater. “Chairman Lenny Curry has proven leadership in securing and allocating much needed resources to support local efforts across the board. He has my full support as Chairman.”
“Traveling the state this past election cycle, I have seen firsthand how critically important local grassroots operations are to any campaign effort,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. “Chairman Curry led a well-coordinated effort for Florida campaigns. I am confident our local and state victories will continue to increase in 2014 under the leadership of Chairman Curry.”
RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry is up for election to a two-year term after serving the remaining 15 months of the late Chairman Dave Bitner’s term. Eligible voting members of the RPOF include the chairs, state committeeman and state committeewoman from each of Florida’s 67 counties, the Florida Republican Congressional Delegation, the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives and ten of their appointees from each of their respective bodies, and ten appointees of Governor Rick Scott.
There are currently no other announced candidates for RPOF Chairman. Florida Governor Rick Scott and former RPOF Chair, current Senator John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine), have endorsed Curry’s bid in recent days.