RPOF leaders galvanize for 2020 at quarterly meeting in Sarasota

Republican activists left a Republican Party of Florida Spring Quarterly Meeting this weekend excited for 2020.

“We were just talking about how to continue to win here in Florida,” said RPOF state chair Joe Gruters. “We had a lot of wins this legislative cycle.”

Heading into this presidential election, state party leaders feel good about the state of the party.

Unlike the 2016 election, when a 17-person presidential primary field divided loyalties, Republicans this year can rally behind a sitting President, Donald Trump.

Moreover, the state party now is led by Gruters, who co-chaired Trump’s Florida campaign in 2016.

“The Party and Presidential Campaign are completely and seamlessly integrated this cycle,”said Christian Ziegler, RPOF vice chair.

The party also enjoyed success in statewide races despite a national Democratic wave, with Republicans holding the Governor’s mansion and flipping a Senate seat red.

“I have never seen the grassroots activists of the Republican Party as unified as they are right now, in 2019,” Ziegler said.

Gruters for this quarterly get-together brought state leaders to the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. That was convenient for him and for Ziegler, who live in Sarasota County. Gruters officially serves as Sarasota County’s

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