Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry made a couple of media stops in Orlando recently, and both interviews (watch one of them HERE) aired within an hour of each other. The message was the same.
It’s ride or die with Florida Governor Rick Scott.
During both interviews Curry was asked about the challenges waiting for the Governor, and his low approval numbers. Curry didn’t blink either time, rattling off the jobs gained since Scott has taken office, a little over two years ago. When asked about the possibility of taking on former Florida Governor Charlie Crist in a potential match-up next year, Curry transitioned seamlessly, going after the former Republican who switched parties, to remain competitive in a Senate race that he ultimately lost anyway.
He left no wiggle room for a Republican primary. None. “Rick Scott is going to be the nominee” Curry Said.
This comes during a tough time for the Governor, when Tea Party Activists are upset at his expansion of medicaid to accommodate the President’s healthcare plan, and his shift to the middle with an emphasis on education isn’t resonating the way it should with his critics. Polls have indicated that many Republicans would like to see Scott win a primary before advancing the the general.
Curry’s support is nothing out of the ordinary. Protocol for leaders in both parties are the same. Support the incumbents to keep the seats and offices you already have. Recruit quality candidates to increase that number. Keep the members from choking each other out during meetings and conferences.
To his credit, Curry has done his best. Weathering an “Obama for American” juggernaut, doing his part to navigate the Republican National Convention through a hurricane, and the GOP still have majorities in the state government.
But, his support of Scott is what he’s promoting and ultimately, it might be the Governor’s re-election campaign that defines his time as RPOF chairman.