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Former AG Bill McCollum to chair Gingrich’s Florida campaign

by George Bennett | January 6th, 2012

Former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum will be Florida chairman for Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign. Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty and former Jeb Bush Secretary of Health Care Administration Alan Levine will be co-chairs.

Gingrich’s statewide steering committee is fairly thin on Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast figures. Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams is on the team, as is state Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart.

McCollum four years ago was Florida chairman for Rudy Giuliani‘s presidential campaign.

Read the Gingrich campaign’s press release after the jump….

From the Gingrich campaign:

NEWT 2012 Florida Announces Florida Statewide Leaders
and Steering Committee

Miami, FL – Bill McCollum joins Newt 2012 FL as Statewide Chairman for the campaign. McCollum is joined by former Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty and health care administrator and policy expert Alan Levine, as Co-Chairs.
“Newt Gingrich is the strongest possible candidate that the GOP can field against Obama in 2012. Newt is the right person with the right set of leadership skills and vision for our country at this critical time.” McCollum announced during his endorsement of Newt Gingrich for President.
Crotty praised Gingrich as, “a proven conservative leader who knows how to hold the line on taxes and balance a budget. Newt’s commitment to economic opportunity, as it relates to our nation’s space program is important; thousands of jobs were lost when Obama scrapped plans to return astronauts to space.”
Levine added, “I have seen Newt’s work up close. His grasp of our country’s problems and his ability to bring clarity to solutions is why I believe he is going to be a great President. Floridians always seem to look past the rhetoric and look at records, and I think Newt’s record as a conservative leader while governing is unassailable.”
McCollum served in Congress with Gingrich during the fight for government fiscal constraint. “Newt is the most likely Republican candidate to defeat President Obama. He is the most able to articulate the conservative positions, is the most concise and convincing advocate, speaking and debating, is the most versed on foreign policy, and has the best plan to restore the economy.” McCollum continued.
In addition to announcing the State Leadership for Newt 2012 Florida, the campaign’s Steering Committee members were announced. The Newt 2012 Florida Steering Committee members are active voices in state and local politics, and recognized as Florida’s business and community leaders.
“Florida is always a top prize in the presidential election with 29 electoral votes, having statewide leadership like Bill McCollum, Rich Crotty and Alan Levine positions our campaign to tap the organizational resources of former elected officials and the intangibles that are key to Florida campaigns,” remarked Jose Mallea, Florida State Director for Newt 2012 . “We are grateful for their support and guidance,” Mallea concluded.
Steering Committee Members:
Jim Norman, Florida State Senate (District 112); Thad Altman, Florida State Senate (Dist. 24); Michael Bileca, Florida State Representative (Dist.117); Gayle Harrell, Florida State Rep. (Dist. 81); Deborah Mayfield, Florida State Rep.(Dist. 80); Carlos Trujillo*, Florida State Rep. (Dist.116); Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission; Steve Abrams, Palm Beach County Commission; Patrick Roff, Vice Mayor of Bradenton and Bradenton City Council; Ray Holt, Jacksonville City Council; Kevin Hohn, Brooksville City Council; Gary Lee, former U.S. Congressman (Lee County); John Grant, Sr.,former Florida State Senator (Hillsborough); Kurt Kelley, former Florida State Rep. (Marion); Luis Rojas, former Florida State Rep. (Miami Dade); Joe Carollo, former Mayor of Miami; Monica Rodriguez (Miami Dade); Ed Depuy, former Leon County Commission; Dan Wyrick, former Chairman of Calhoun County Commission; Allison DeFoor, former candidate for Lt.Governor; Bruce O’Donohough, former Congressional Candidate (Orlando); William Tolley*, Brevard County Chair; Sam Rashid*, Hillsborough County Chair; Coy Clark, Honorary Brevard County Chair; Bert Ralston*, Duval County Co-Chair; Dr. Miguel Fana*, Pinellas County Co-Chair; Nathan Meloon, Gingrich Florida Chair College Republicans; Christian Waugh, Gingrich Florida Chair of Young Republicans.
*Previously announced as Newt 2012 Florida County Leadership team.

7 Responses to “Former AG Bill McCollum to chair Gingrich’s Florida campaign”

  1. RealAngst Says:

    Sounds about right. Newt wont get this Republican vote. He clearly has no morals so why not have these clowns as his chair and co chair?

  2. Bill Says:

    Naturally Gingrich can count on McCollum, his well-trusted impeachment manager from the bad old Clinton days

  3. Yuck Says:

    Just another reason FL is glad that McCollum was defeated in his bid for the governorship.

  4. Oh Jesus! Says:

    Only viable republican candidate is Jon Huntsman. The rest are ultra-conservative wing nuts, with the exception of Romney “The Weatherman” who is a flip flopper but a moderate down deep. Only Huntsman and Romney (and President Obama) believe in the Theory of Evolution. That is a great litmus test for me on whether there is a working brain in there or not. I like Gov. Huntsman in 2012.

  5. Carol Says:

    Curly, Larry and Moe – imagine what goes on in that war room, huh? Wonder why there’s such a poor Republican showing in Florida lately – washed up clowns like these.

  6. Reaganite Republican Says:

    A must-see…

    Why is Newt SO ANGRY?

  7. JanisL Says:

    To quote Barb Bush “they are a sorry lot” (times 1,000). As for Howdy Doody McCollum, what a washed-up disgrace of a do-nothing Attorney General he was! Creepy to boot. It’s fitting he is working with another Titanic–Newtie. Florida is a Republican candidate wasteland!

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