Newt Gingrich has found a Florida chairman for his presidential campaign in former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, reports The Palm Beach Post
McCollum previously served as Florida chairman for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign.
Alan Levine, former Secretary of Health Care Administration for Jeb Bush, and Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty will join McCollum as co-chairs.
Gingrich’s Florida steering committee includes Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams and state Rep. Gayle Harrell.
The full Gingrich press release follows:
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.
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