The Republican Party of Florida elected Kathleen King to serve on the RNC as National Committeewoman at a party leadership meeting in Orlando today.
King had been appointed by the RPOF executive board to fill the vacancy created when former committeewoman Sharon Day was appointed by President Trump to serve as Ambassador to Costa Rica. Today’s vote means she will continue in the position for the remainder of the term.
King, former chair of the Manatee County GOP, was challenged by Karen Giorno, a former state director for the Trump campaign from West Palm Beach.
As both contestants touted involvement in the Florida Trump campaign, the race devolved into a referendum over Giorno’s role in the 2016 presidential primary, according to emails circulating among voting members.
In the end, the race was not close, with King winning 128-48.
In addition to choosing a new national committeewoman, the meeting agenda includes reports from Senator Marco Rubio, RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia touting the success of the GOP get out the vote and absentee programs, as well as Representative Mike Miller updating GOP grassroots leaders on the upcoming legislative session.