With new chairman in place, Fla GOP readies a new execby John Kennedy | October 3rd, 2011
A week after the Florida Republican Party elected Lenny Curry as its new leader — replacing the late Dave Bitner — executive director Andy Palmer said Monday that he is leaving for the Tallahassee law firm, Metz, Husband and Daughton.
Palmer, who had earlier served as the GOP’s top executive, was brought back into the party leadership in January for a short-term stint. Gov. Rick Scott, Bitner, and other Republican leaders sought him out to help stabilize a party still convulsing from the tenure of former party chairman Jim Greer, now facing criminal charges for allegedly misusing donors’ cash.
Election year is coming. And with a new chairman just on board, the party is expected to move swiftly in naming a successor. Finalists for the job: Brian Hughes, a former Scott spokesman who recently took the communications job at the party, and Mike Grissom, a party deputy executive director.