Candidates lining up for top job — as soon as Florida Republican Party ousts its current chairman

With the ouster of Florida Republican Chairman Christian Ziegler, shown at a party event, all but guaranteed, Evan Power of Tallahassee and Peter Feaman from Boynton Beach are vying to replace him. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press) With the ouster of Florida Republican Chairman Christian Ziegler all but guaranteed, the state party executive committee’s next task is selecting someone to take over through the 2024 elections. A new chairman, who could be selected on Monday — immediately after a planned vote to remove Ziegler, who is under police investigation after a woman accused him of rape, an allegation he has denied through his attorney — would take over a party that’s been surging in Florida. Republicans have overtaken Democrats in registered voters, and keep gaining . And Republicans hold all statewide elected offices, dominate the Florida congressional delegation, and control supermajorities in the state Senate and House of Representatives. With the 2024 elections 11 months away, Republicans want a chairman whose presence won’t stain its brand — and who can raise money to grow the party’s advantages in voter registration and mobilization. “A chair has a lot of power and authority to run the party in a positive manner — or in a situation that we have right now (in which) we have a lot of headlines that distract from the message of getting Republicans elected,” said Richard DeNapoli, the state Republican committeeman from Broward and a former county Republican chairman. An effective state party chairman can provide enough assistance and resources to county parties to make a difference in a close election, DeNapoli said. “If the (county parties) are operating at full steam, then they will produce more votes.” Candidates Ziegler retains the title of chairman, though none of its authority, in advance of a planned Monday vote to […]

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