Florida Dems pick new chairman; GOP makes Palm Beach County’s Barnett state vice chair

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia, left, with Palm Beach County GOP Chairman Michael Barnett in Tallahassee in December. Ingoglia was re-elected chairman today and Barnett became the state GOP's vice chairman.

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia, left, with Palm Beach County GOP Chairman Michael Barnett in Tallahassee in December. Ingoglia was re-elected chairman today and Barnett became the state GOP’s vice chairman.

Coconut Grove developer and major party fundraiser Stephen Bittel was elected chairman of the Florida Democratic Party today while the Republican Party of Florida re-elected its chairman, state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia of Inverness.

 

Ingoglia helped deliver Florida’s crucial 29 electoral votes to Donald Trump in November after Democrat Barack Obama carried the state in 2008 and 2012.¬† In addition to picking Ingoglia, the Florida GOP¬†elected Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Michael Barnett as the state party’s vice chairman.

 

Barnett, an attorney who lives in Boca Raton, has been head of the county GOP since 2014. He has also headed the Republican Party of Florida’s Minority Engagement Committee and was the only black delegate in Florida’s 99-member Republican National Convention delegation last year.

 

The Republicans and Democrats both met in Orlando today to choose party leaders. Click here for an Associated Press account of the votes and the contrasting atmospheres.

 

 

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