GOP consultant says Obama team outworked Republicans in Hillsborough

11/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Hillsborough County Republican Party Chairman David Storck intends to step down from his leadership position next month.

Last month, Storck was involved in a controversy over an email he received from a volunteer regarding people voting for Barack Obama that was considered to have racist undertones.

April Schiff is a Republican Party political consultant based in Tampa. She says it's no surprise that Stock intends to leave at the end of his three-year term. She says the email was not helpful to a party that has been accused of not reaching out to people of color.

David Storck ran the Hillsborough County GOP through the 2006 and 2008 elections – elections that were relatively successful for the party – though not as much last week – in particular with key Republicans like Brian Blair and Buddy Johnson going down to defeat.

Last week Hillsborough County went for Barack Obama, a testament in part to the solid organizing campaign by the Obama team. A GOP political consultant says the local and national organizations were outclassed by the Democrats.

The Tampa Tribune reported that the special events coordinator for the Hillsborough County Republican Party, Deborah Cox-Rousch, is one of the candidates for the position to replace David Storck. Others being mention including political consultant Mark Proctor, and former state legislator Sandy Murman.

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