Last night was the regularly scheduled meeting of the Polk County Republican Executive Committee took place. Most of these meetings are just business meetings with very little excitement-taking place. However last nights meeting was fantastic. One of the items on the agenda was discussing the state party leadership. Specifically the vacate chairman position created after Jim Greer resigned.
So far two candidates have emerged from the pack Florida State Senator John Thrasher and current RNC secretary Sharon Day. The problem is RPOF and the state elected leadership is trying to force John Thrasher down everyone’s throat. If you were paying attention when Jim Greer resigned, you received an email about 20 minutes later announcing endorsements for John Thrasher.
Party rules state that for Thrasher to be considered for the Chairman position he has to first be a sitting state committeeman. At this time he was not. It was not until this past week that he was. If readers will recall this is almost identical to how Jim Greer came into power as well. He was not a sitting committeeman as well. They bent the rules and backs were scratched because that’s what the Governor wanted.
The RPOF has a loyalty oath, which all members of the REC must sign to be actual members. This loyalty oath bars members from donating to candidates other than Republicans, or assisting their campaigns in any way that is harmful to the Republican Party. Thrasher is guilty of violating this loyalty oath by donating to members of the Democratic Party of Florida on NUMEROUS occasions.
The reason for the background information on the prospective chairmen is simple; it was all brought up last night. With that said, an aide from John Thrasher’s campaign was in attendance and rebuked some of this. However the evidence spoke for itself and he was quickly shut down.
State Committeeman Robert Norman said “Sharon Day is one of us. She is a grassroots leader. She isn’t an outsider like Greer was. “ Chairman of the Polk REC Gene Roberts was leaning towards voting for John Thrasher. He said that the Senator had called and talked with him earlier in the week. However shortly after saying this a voice from the back of the room shouted “But we elected you to represent US.” So a motion for a vote was brought forward to find out whom the REC supported for chairman.
All of those in favor of Sharon Day shouted “AYE” all of those for Senator John Thrasher “….” You could almost hear crickets chirping outside. Not a single person spoke up to support Lobbyist, Democrat Supporter, and Senator John Thrasher. It seems that the Republican Party is coming around and holding feet to the fire, and this is EXACTLY what it takes to WIN!