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Sarasota GOP boss eyes state party chair

Put JoeGruters Sarasota County Republican Chairman Joe Gruters in among probably 66 other county GOP heads wondering if they might be the next state party boss.

Hillborough Co. Chair Deborah Cox Roush has already said she's in on the January race to replace John Thrasher.

But Gruters, pictured right, could have a leg up if Rick Scott wins the governor's race and assumes control of the state party. Gruters was one of the few county leaders who went out of his way for Scott during the primary, helping organize an event attended by 400+ (although the free pie helped) and firing off a letter urging his fellow Republicans to back off their calls to "Release the Deposition."

"If Rick were victorious, I would certainly take a long look at it," Gruters said when asked about his interest in the job.

"If you look at Sarasota, we're light years ahead on communications," he said. "We crushed everyone in rallies and for four consecutive weeks we've been No. 1 in the state in the number of calls from our volunteers."

Gruters, a former Sarasota Young Republicans president, is a 33-year-old accountant who has deep ties to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key. Gruters has been Buchanan's political director and was his campaign manager in 2008. Gruters remains Buchanan's campaign treasurer and Buchanan also employs Gruters' wife.



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Robert Jenkins

I contacted Gov Crist about Child support enforcement or should I say non-enforcement. I ask if he thought such a failure under his watch would be his legacy? The head of the Dept of Revenue Child Support Div called me personally. I referred her to my Son who's ex-wife refuses to pay the support. He was informed that her license for driving and her beauticians license was being suspended, that very day. They would remain suspened until half of the $36,000.00 in back support was made up. They gave her 20 days to do so; or a warrent would be issued for her arrest. Thank you Gov Crist; at long last progress.


Please Explain To Me Why We Tolerate Crist and McCollum?



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Anyone will be able to do so, I think you have to think very well. We can not know that the job requires a lot of seriousness and commitment. To achieve what they have proposed.

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