Campaign is going to need a lot of kitty litter
By Chris Ingram
Hillsborough County Republican Party Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush announced her intention to run for Chair of the Republican Party of Florida this weekend. Her announcement came in the form of an e-mail to state committee members. Her announcement was quickly followed by another e-mail from likely opponent Sharon Day of Broward County who reprimanded Cox-Roush for putting her interests ahead of the party’s interests.
Cox-Roush’s e-mail reads:
From: Vice Chairman Deborah Cox-Roush
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2010 21:05:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Message from Debbie
Dear Fellow State Committee Member:
Over the past few days I have received calls from many of you, words of encouragement and requests that I announce to the committee my intentions for the January elections. After much thought, encouragement and these requests, I hereby announce my intention to run for Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida at our January election meeting.
That being said, the only campaign that matters at this time is the one we are all working to win and that is the campaign for Victory on November 2.
I look forward to talking and working with you as we expend all of our energy on a Republican landslide on election day.
Victory in November.
It certainly appears insincere to announce such intentions and in the next breath say, oh, but the only campaign that matters right now is on November 2nd, and Sharon Day didn’t let this point go unnoticed.
Day, who is from Broward County and is the state GOP’s National Committeewoman indirectly took Cox-Roush to the woodshed for putting her own interests in front of the party’s interests (career politicians, and such). Of course Day’s chastising of Cox-Roush was a thinly veiled attempt to promote her own interests – as she is highly expected to run for state party chair herself after having fallen short in her race earlier this year against John Thrasher who replaced disgraced former Chairman Jim Greer. Thrasher has indicated he does not intend to seek reelection.
These contests are usually rather boring affairs, but this next election (set to occur in January of next year), is already starting out looking like it will be one with some sparks.
Day’s e-mail to committee members is shown below.
From: Sharon Day
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 01:50:48 -0400
Subject: RPOF Chairman’s Race
Dear Committee Members,
Like many of you I have heard from various individuals during and since the RPOF Quarterly in Orlando announcing their intent or consideration to run for RPOF Chairman in January. Today we all received an email of a formal announcement of one of these individual’s intent to run. May I please ask that as the party’s leaders with the responsibilities of carrying our candidates across the finish line on November 2nd, could we please stop making these types of announcements and having these discussions with each other until after November 2nd? I know we are all excited about our State Party’s future, but if we do not win on November 2nd it will be impossible to strengthen our Party’s foundation and to grow our party.
We have just come out of one of the most painful primaries that I have experienced in my 14 years on this committee and I don’t believe that we need to start yet another campaign within our own ranks. We should be pulling together with one goal and that is to get Rick Scott/Jennifer Carroll, Pam Bondi, Jeff Atwater, Adam Putnam, Marco Rubio and every Republican across Florida elected. If the party goes into “a free for all” for the chairman’s race between now and November 2nd we will not be accomplishing what these candidates deserve – our undivided attention and energy! Instead we will be positioning ourselves for our own interests and against one another.
Everyone will have plenty of time to announce their candidacy and campaign for themselves after November 2. Additionally, Chairman Thrasher has also provided for a meeting in December where all can continue to reach out to our fellow committee members.
As a team united we must be ready to carry our candidates across the finish line. You have all heard me say this before, when our candidates cannot knock on one more door, we will knock for them. When they cannot make one more phone call, we will call for them. When they are too tired to make that last contact, we must be there for them.
Let’s put everything aside, but electing our candidates until November 2nd. They deserve no less from each of us!
God Bless each of you and all we will accomplish together.
All the best,
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of http://www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com
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