GOP Chairman Bitner succumbs to illness

By Chris Ingram

A spokesman for the Republican Party of Florida confirms, GOP Chairman Dave Bitner died earlier this morning.

Bitner was elected chairman earlier this year, and was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease shortly after.

Bitner remained positive and mentally strong until the end. Dave Bitner will be remembered for his courage, principled leadership, and tireless efforts on behalf of the Republican Party.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s lovely wife Wendy and the staff at the RPOF.

Statement from RPOF Vice Chair Lenny Curry:

With sadness and a heavy heart, I must report that Florida has lost a great leader and public servant. Today, the Republican Party of Florida’s Chairman Dave Bitner lost his courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

It has been the honor of a lifetime to work by Chairman Bitner’s side. Not only was Dave a born leader, he was an exemplary man in every sense. In honor of his example, I am committed to ensure that the Republican Party of Florida continues its tradition of service to our beloved state.

I ask all Floridians to join me in offering our thoughts and prayers for Dave and his remarkable wife Wendy. Through Dave’s battle with ALS, I watched as Wendy was the embodiment of love and compassion. I pray that Dave enjoy the peace that comes from our God, and that Wendy feel God’s love and strength in this time of grief.


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