Another local GOP contender for Party Chair
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11/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
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With the announcement earlier this week that David Storck is stepping down from his post as chairman of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, several names have been mentioned as possible successors – none more prominent than Deborah Cox-Roush, who has been the event chair for the past four years.

She’s also president of the Fishhawk Republican Club, and is a graduate of the Tillie Fowler Excellent in Public Service graduate. She also serves on the Status for the Commission of Women in Hillsborough County.

WMNF asked Cox-Roush about the state of the party, in the wake of high profile Republicans like Brian Blair and Buddy Johnson losing last week, and the county going strongly for Barack Obama over John McCain.

The controversy regarding outgoing Chairman David Storck involved an email he forwarded from a volunteer to hundreds of others shortly during early voting.

That e-mail read in part, “I SEE CARLOADS OF BLACK OBAMA SUPPORTERS COMING FROM THE INNER CITY TO CAST THEIR VOTES FOR OBAMA. THIS IS THEIR CHANCE TO GET A BLACK PRESIDENT AND THEY SEEM TO CARE LITTLE THAT HE IS AT MINIMUM, SOCIALIST, AND PROBABLY MARXIST IN HIS CORE BELIEFS. AFTER ALL, HE IS BLACK--NO EXPERIENCE OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS--BUT HE IS BLACK.”

The Republican Executive Committee's 276 members will vote on a new chair on Decc 2.

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