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Updated** RPOF spox blasts reports that chairman will soon resign

The Shark Tank blog confirms the word in Republican circles that Republican Party of Florida Chairman Dave Bitner will likely resign his post after the Sept. 24 RPOF straw poll. A former legislator, he was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease shortly after winning his post. Bitner's health has been badly deteriorating for months, and some wondered if he'd quit before that.

But RPOF spokesman Brian Hughes takes issue with the reports:

"David Bitner is the Chairman of the RPOF, and he is working everyday to advance the mission of our party. He has courageously and publicly discussed his ALS diagnosis, and yet he works everyday to make Florida better. These new reports about his future as the RPOF’s chairman are premature, factually inaccurate, and reek of the worst kind of political opportunism. People should spend less time gossiping about Chairman Bitner and more time admiring a man who displays principled leadership every single day."

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Saint Petersblog

Why Joe Gruters is the front-runner to replace Dave Bitner.

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flames

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REC Member

Another A-hole move by Shark Tank. As St Pete Times said, how "classy" (sarcasm).

Printerman

"Dear Lord, please save us from 'Chairman Lenny Curry'"

Empty suit, light footprints, could not even lead his party in Duval County to win a layup mayoral race. Give him a gold watch and send him out to pasture.

Saint Petersblog

With post about Dave Bitner, Javier Manjarres jumps the Shark (Tank)

http://t.co/wyYK4Bx

gopgrassroots

Printerman,
You don't know what you are talking about. Chairman Curry saved the Republican candidate from a blood bath in the mayor's race. Curry is anything but an empty suite. He is politically savy and one of the best county chairs in the state.

Javier is a Jerk

Another D-Bag move by Javier Manjarres. Why does the RPOF constantly put up with his garbage?

Rick Hartley

Dave Bittner is a class act. Self serving “journalists” and “political leaders” need to shut the hell up. I am praying for a miracle. Hang in there Dave. You make me proud. I am humbled by your faith and service.

Orlando GOP

I agree with Hartley above. Self-serving dirtbags like Manjarres need to shut the hell up. And using Bitner's illness to attack Lenny Curry is really a new low. Typical Manjarres trash. When will people (including Caputo) learn? At least Schorsch (gasp!) is speaking the truth in his piece. Manjarres truly has "jumped the shark" with this one.

gopgrassroots

I agree with Rick Hartley praying for a miracle for Chairman Bitner. But I will also pray for wisdom.

Demosthenes Locke

I think Adam Hasner should consider making the switch if this happens. He would be an amazing Chairman shoould DAve Bitner choose to step down.

Orlando GOP

Perfectly worded by Hughes:

"These new reports about his future as the RPOF’s chairman are premature, factually inaccurate, and reek of the worst kind of political opportunism. People should spend less time gossiping about Chairman Bitner and more time admiring a man who displays principled leadership every single day."

Now will the above posters talking about successors please have some class and not stir the pot.

Orlando GOP

You know what, even if the rumors are true, it's still an awful move by Manjarres. He has shown his true colors - he's not a real Republican interested in the party, he's only in this for his own gain. Truly a RINO.

Julius

Chairman Bitner resigned today as Chairman of the RPOF in a conference call to State Committee members. A new election will be held Sept. 23. It is his wish that Lenny Curry will be his successor.

Luc

Glad the Broward GOP stood up to this crazy radical they olsuhd give this Manjarres guy the boot too for advocating on CAIRs behalf. To equate a HAMAS linked group like CAIR to a Jewish Outreach Group is insane.

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