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RPOF Chair (signed by pretty much every GOP committee member) pens letter urging Florida Senate to pass 'paycheck protection'

By on April 15, 2011

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Dave Bitner is weighing in on the issue of ‘paycheck protection,‘ which narrowly passed a Senate committee and is now scheduled for debate on the Senate floor. Along with Bitner, pretty much every GOP committee member — the grassroots folks who helped elect most of the Senators to whom this letter is addressed — signed off on Bitner’s letter. The text is below:

Dear Republican Senators,

As Republicans, we all share a common belief that American citizens have the right to enjoy certain personal freedoms our country was founded on. We all have the basic rights to be a member of the political party of our choice, to vote for the leaders we believe will do what is right for our state, and to let our voices be heard when we do not agree with the job those elected officials are doing. Unfortunately, when you become a member of a union you are expected to waive those rights.

Today, union members pay their union dues only to have no say in what political party or candidate that money will support. They also have no right to speak up against how their dues are being used. This week, you have the ability to ensure union member? basic rights are restored by voting yes on S.B. 830.

As you debate this bill, please keep in mind the abuse of union power and the obstruction of the American legislative system we recently saw in Wisconsin.Unions in that state were willing to shut down the government in order to maintain control over money used to support the political objectives of a few. Those who disagreed were kept silent in fear of retaliation. This legislative session, you will have the opportunity to stand up for the union workers and make it that much harder for the unions to hold our Government hostage.

We commend the Florida House of Representatives for taking the first steps in restoring these rights to our state? union workers, and we sign this letter as a show of support for you as you fight for the basic rights our country was founded on. As leaders ofthe Republican Party of Florida? State Executive Committee, we strongly urge you to fight for the freedoms we believe in and to protect our legislative system byvoting in favor of S.B. 830.

Thank you for your consideration,

Chairman David Bitner

Vice-Chairman Lenny Curry

Secretary Kathy King

Treasurer Jeff Howell

Assistant Treasurer Blaise Ingoglia

National Committeewoman/RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day

National Committeeman Paul Senft

Chairman of the State Committeemen/women? Caucus Peter Feaman

Stafford Jones, Chairman, Alachua County

Mildred Russell, State Committeewoman, Alachua County

Don Marshall, Chairman, Baker County

Lane Altom, State Committeewoman, Baker County

John Salak, Chairman, Bay County

Jonathan Hayes, State Committeeman, Bay County

Thelma Rohan, State Committeewoman, Bay County

David Dodge, Chairman, Bradford County

Richard DeNapoli, Chairman, Broward County

Ed Kennedy, State Committeeman, Broward County

John Sheppard, Chairman, Calhoun County

Leslie Dougher, Chairwoman, Clay County

Doug Conkey, State Committeeman, Clay County

Frank Schwerin, Chairman, Collier County

Lavigne Kirkpatrick, State Committeeman, Collier County

Terry Rauch, Chairman, Columbia County

Bill Folchi, Chairman, Charlotte County

Lindsay Harrington, State Committeeman, Charlotte County

Jane Sturges, State Committeewoman, Charlotte County

Robert Hagaman, State Committeeman, Citrus County

Michele Klemm, Chairman, Citrus County

Dr. Louis Kirschner, Chairman, DeSoto County

Robert Staton, State Committeeman, DeSoto County

Janie Watson, State Committeewoman, DeSoto County

Hal Chewning, Chairman, Dixie County

Lorene Thomas, State Committeewoman, Dixie County

Cindy Graves, State Committeewoman, Duval County

Rick Hartley, State Committeeman, Duval County

Susan Moore, Chairman, Escambia County

Kevin Brown, State Committeeman, Escambia County

Ashley Carr, State Committeewoman, Escambia County

Nancy Prizer, Chairwoman, Flagler County

Dr. Violet Drexler, State Committeewoman, Flagler County

Ned Pooser, State Committeeman, Franklin County

Joyce Estes, State Committeewoman, Franklin County

Frank Meeker, State Committeeman, Flagler County

Bill Ammons, Chairman, Gadsden County

Russell Doster, State Committeeman, Gadsden County

Joyce Ammons, State Committeewoman, Gadsden County

Tommy Langford, Chairman, Gilchrist County

David Biddle, State Committeeman, Gilchrist County

Betty Ramey, State Committeewoman, Gilchrist County

Doug Korinke, State Committeeman, Glades County

Jim McKnight, Chairman, Gulf County

Johanna White, State Committeewoman, Gulf County

RB Davis, Chairman, Hamilton County

Tom Moffses, State Committeeman, Hamilton County

Gary Delatorre, Chairman, Hardee County

Steve Spinks, State Committeeman, Hardee County

Mel Karau, Chairman, Hendry County

Steve Nisbet, State Committeeman, Hendry County

Thomas Hogan, State Committeeman, Hernando County

Gail Samples, State Committeewoman, Hernando County

Chuck Oakes, State Committeeman, Highlands County

Joan Hartt, State Committeewoman, Highlands County

Debbie Cox-Roush, Chairman, Hillsborough County

AJ Matthews, State Committeeman, Hillsborough County

Tina Pike, State Committeewoman, Hillsborough County

Bob Jones, Chairman, Holmes County

Mike Rich, State Committeeman, Holmes County

Kathryn Rich, State Committeewoman, Holmes County

Tom Lockwood, Chairman, Indian River County

Karl Zimmerman, State Committeeman, Indian River County

Elly Manov, State Committeewoman, Indian River County

Clint Pate, Chairman, Jackson County

Bert Benoit, State Committeeman, Jackson County

Gina Stuart, State Committeewoman, Jackson County

Clyde Simpson, Chairman, Jefferson County

Diane Simpson, State Committeewoman, Jefferson County

Carolyn Land, Chairman, Lafayette County

Kay Durden, State Committeewoman, Lafayette County

Alan Winslow, Chairman, Lake County

Joe Rudderow, State Committeeman, Lake County

Georgia Phillips, State Committeewoman, Lake County

Edie McCrimmon, State Committeewoman, Levy County

Gary Lee, Chairman, Lee County

Charles Dauray, State Committeeman, Lee County

Brenda Skupny, State Committeewoman, Lee County

Bradley Maxwell, Chairman, Leon County

Joe Akerman, State Committeeman, Madison

Princess Akerman, State Committeewoman, Madison

David Agee, State Committeeman, Manatee County

Peggy Simone, State Committeewoman, Manatee County

Lewis Dinkins, State Committeeman, Marion County

Marguerite Cavanaugh, State Committeewoman, Marion County

Mark Klingensmith, Chairman, Martin County

Eric Miller, State Committeeman, Martin County

Mary-Lynn Magar, State Committeewoman, Martin County

Erik Fresen, Chairman, Miami-Dade County

Carlos Lopez-Cantera, State Committeeman, Miami-Dade County

Liliana Ros, State Committeewoman, Miami-Dade County

Debby Goodman, Chairman, Monroe County

Greg Goebel, State Committeeman, Monroe County

Cherie Billings, Chairman, Nassau County

Doug Adkins, State Committeeman, Nassau County

Barbara Wall, Chairman, Okaloosa County

Steve Czonstka, State Committeeman, Okaloosa County

Caroline Fitzgerald, State Committeewoman, Okaloosa County

Mark Cross, State Committeeman, Osceola County

Sid Dinerstein, Chairman, Palm Beach County

Fran Hancock, State Committeeman, Palm Beach County

Randy Maggard, Chairman, Pasco County

Bill Bunting, State Committeeman, Pasco County

Lona O?eilly, State Committeewoman, Pasco County

Jay Beyrouti, Chairman, Pinellas County

Tony DiMatteo, State Committeeman, Pinellas County

Nancy Riley, State Committeewoman, Pinellas County

Linda Ivell, Chairman, Polk County

Linda Wells, Chairman, Putnam County

Bob Reid, State Committeeman, Putnam County

Carole Reid, State Committeewoman, Putnam County

Debi Large, Chairman, Okeechobee County

Joe Arnold, State Committeeman, Okeechobee County

Melissa Arnold, State Committeewoman, Okeechobee County

Kay Addison, Chairman, Santa Rosa County

Bill Paterson, Chairman, Saint Lucie County

Allen Miller, State Committeeman, Saint Lucie County

Gail Kavanaugh, State Committeewoman, Saint Lucie County

Martin Simmons, State Committeeman, Santa Rosa County

Margaret Sims, State Committeewoman, Santa Rosa County

Joe Gruters, Chairman, Sarasota County

Hal Miller, State Committeeman, Sarasota County

Darlene Harvey-Wood, State Committeewoman, Sarasota County

Ray Valdes, State Committeeman, Seminole County

Harlan Mason, Chairman, St. Johns County

Becky Reichenberg, State Committeewoman, St. Johns County

Ellen Hoffman, State Committeewoman, Sumter County

Mary Lou Sharp, Chairman, Suwannee County

Herman Gunter, State Committeeman, Suwannee County

Renae Allen, Chairwoman, Union County

Joe Stich, Chairman, Volusia County

Robert Fortner, State Committeeman, Volusia County

Dana Swanson, State Committeewoman, Volusia County

Ed Brimner, Chairman, Wakulla County

Anne Ahrendt, State Committeewoman, Wakulla County

Lee Perry, Chairman, Walton County

Lane Rees, State Committeeman, Walton County

Brenda Rees, State Committeewoman, Walton County

Joel Pate, State Committeeman, Washington County

Governor? Appointee Susie Wiles

Governor? Appointee Adam Hollingsworth

Governor? Appointee Scott Hopes

Governor? Appointee Bo Rivard

Governor? Appointee Mike Hightower

Governor? Appointee Tom Grady

Governor? Appointee Alan Levine

Florida Senate Majority Office

404 South Monroe Street

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100

Dear Republican Senators,

As Republicans, we all share a common belief that American citizens have the right to enjoy certain personal freedoms our country was founded on. We all have the basic rights to be a member of the political party of our choice, to vote for the leaders we believe will do what is right for our state, and to let our voices be heard when we do not agree with the job those elected officials are doing. Unfortunately, when you become a member of a union you are expected to waive those rights.

Today, union members pay their union dues only to have no say in what political party or candidate that money will support. They also have no right to speak up against how their dues are being used. This week, you have the ability to ensure union member? basic rights are restored by voting yes on S.B. 830.

As you debate this bill, please keep in mind the abuse of union power and the obstruction of the American legislative system we recently saw in Wisconsin.Unions in that state were willing to shut down the government in order to maintain control over money used to support the political objectives of a few. Those who disagreed were kept silent in fear of retaliation. This legislative session, you will have the opportunity to stand up for the union workers and make it that much harder for the unions to hold our Government hostage.

We commend the Florida House of Representatives for taking the first steps in restoring these rights to our state? union workers, and we sign this letter as a show of support for you as you fight for the basic rights our country was founded on. As leaders ofthe Republican Party of Florida? State Executive Committee, we strongly urge you to fight for the freedoms we believe in and to protect our legislative system byvoting in favor of S.B. 830.

Thank you for your consideration,

Chairman David Bitner

Vice-Chairman Lenny Curry

Secretary Kathy King

Treasurer Jeff Howell

Assistant Treasurer Blaise Ingoglia

National Committeewoman/RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day

National Committeeman Paul Senft

Chairman of the State Committeemen/women? Caucus Peter Feaman

Stafford Jones, Chairman, Alachua County

Mildred Russell, State Committeewoman, Alachua County

Don Marshall, Chairman, Baker County

Lane Altom, State Committeewoman, Baker County

John Salak, Chairman, Bay County

Jonathan Hayes, State Committeeman, Bay County

Thelma Rohan, State Committeewoman, Bay County

David Dodge, Chairman, Bradford County

Richard DeNapoli, Chairman, Broward County

Ed Kennedy, State Committeeman, Broward County

John Sheppard, Chairman, Calhoun County

Leslie Dougher, Chairwoman, Clay County

Doug Conkey, State Committeeman, Clay County

Frank Schwerin, Chairman, Collier County

Lavigne Kirkpatrick, State Committeeman, Collier County

Terry Rauch, Chairman, Columbia County

Bill Folchi, Chairman, Charlotte County

Lindsay Harrington, State Committeeman, Charlotte County

Jane Sturges, State Committeewoman, Charlotte County

Robert Hagaman, State Committeeman, Citrus County

Michele Klemm, Chairman, Citrus County

Dr. Louis Kirschner, Chairman, DeSoto County

Robert Staton, State Committeeman, DeSoto County

Janie Watson, State Committeewoman, DeSoto County

Hal Chewning, Chairman, Dixie County

Lorene Thomas, State Committeewoman, Dixie County

Cindy Graves, State Committeewoman, Duval County

Rick Hartley, State Committeeman, Duval County

Susan Moore, Chairman, Escambia County

Kevin Brown, State Committeeman, Escambia County

Ashley Carr, State Committeewoman, Escambia County

Nancy Prizer, Chairwoman, Flagler County

Dr. Violet Drexler, State Committeewoman, Flagler County

Ned Pooser, State Committeeman, Franklin County

Joyce Estes, State Committeewoman, Franklin County

Frank Meeker, State Committeeman, Flagler County

Bill Ammons, Chairman, Gadsden County

Russell Doster, State Committeeman, Gadsden County

Joyce Ammons, State Committeewoman, Gadsden County

Tommy Langford, Chairman, Gilchrist County

David Biddle, State Committeeman, Gilchrist County

Betty Ramey, State Committeewoman, Gilchrist County

Doug Korinke, State Committeeman, Glades County

Jim McKnight, Chairman, Gulf County

Johanna White, State Committeewoman, Gulf County

RB Davis, Chairman, Hamilton County

Tom Moffses, State Committeeman, Hamilton County

Gary Delatorre, Chairman, Hardee County

Steve Spinks, State Committeeman, Hardee County

Mel Karau, Chairman, Hendry County

Steve Nisbet, State Committeeman, Hendry County

Thomas Hogan, State Committeeman, Hernando County

Gail Samples, State Committeewoman, Hernando County

Chuck Oakes, State Committeeman, Highlands County

Joan Hartt, State Committeewoman, Highlands County

Debbie Cox-Roush, Chairman, Hillsborough County

AJ Matthews, State Committeeman, Hillsborough County

Tina Pike, State Committeewoman, Hillsborough County

Bob Jones, Chairman, Holmes County

Mike Rich, State Committeeman, Holmes County

Kathryn Rich, State Committeewoman, Holmes County

Tom Lockwood, Chairman, Indian River County

Karl Zimmerman, State Committeeman, Indian River County

Elly Manov, State Committeewoman, Indian River County

Clint Pate, Chairman, Jackson County

Bert Benoit, State Committeeman, Jackson County

Gina Stuart, State Committeewoman, Jackson County

Clyde Simpson, Chairman, Jefferson County

Diane Simpson, State Committeewoman, Jefferson County

Carolyn Land, Chairman, Lafayette County

Kay Durden, State Committeewoman, Lafayette County

Alan Winslow, Chairman, Lake County

Joe Rudderow, State Committeeman, Lake County

Georgia Phillips, State Committeewoman, Lake County

Edie McCrimmon, State Committeewoman, Levy County

Gary Lee, Chairman, Lee County

Charles Dauray, State Committeeman, Lee County

Brenda Skupny, State Committeewoman, Lee County

Bradley Maxwell, Chairman, Leon County

Joe Akerman, State Committeeman, Madison

Princess Akerman, State Committeewoman, Madison

David Agee, State Committeeman, Manatee County

Peggy Simone, State Committeewoman, Manatee County

Lewis Dinkins, State Committeeman, Marion County

Marguerite Cavanaugh, State Committeewoman, Marion County

Mark Klingensmith, Chairman, Martin County

Eric Miller, State Committeeman, Martin County

Mary-Lynn Magar, State Committeewoman, Martin County

Erik Fresen, Chairman, Miami-Dade County

Carlos Lopez-Cantera, State Committeeman, Miami-Dade County

Liliana Ros, State Committeewoman, Miami-Dade County

Debby Goodman, Chairman, Monroe County

Greg Goebel, State Committeeman, Monroe County

Cherie Billings, Chairman, Nassau County

Doug Adkins, State Committeeman, Nassau County

Barbara Wall, Chairman, Okaloosa County

Steve Czonstka, State Committeeman, Okaloosa County

Caroline Fitzgerald, State Committeewoman, Okaloosa County

Mark Cross, State Committeeman, Osceola County

Sid Dinerstein, Chairman, Palm Beach County

Fran Hancock, State Committeeman, Palm Beach County

Randy Maggard, Chairman, Pasco County

Bill Bunting, State Committeeman, Pasco County

Lona O?eilly, State Committeewoman, Pasco County

Jay Beyrouti, Chairman, Pinellas County

Tony DiMatteo, State Committeeman, Pinellas County

Nancy Riley, State Committeewoman, Pinellas County

Linda Ivell, Chairman, Polk County

Linda Wells, Chairman, Putnam County

Bob Reid, State Committeeman, Putnam County

Carole Reid, State Committeewoman, Putnam County

Debi Large, Chairman, Okeechobee County

Joe Arnold, State Committeeman, Okeechobee County

Melissa Arnold, State Committeewoman, Okeechobee County

Kay Addison, Chairman, Santa Rosa County

Bill Paterson, Chairman, Saint Lucie County

Allen Miller, State Committeeman, Saint Lucie County

Gail Kavanaugh, State Committeewoman, Saint Lucie County

Martin Simmons, State Committeeman, Santa Rosa County

Margaret Sims, State Committeewoman, Santa Rosa County

Joe Gruters, Chairman, Sarasota County

Hal Miller, State Committeeman, Sarasota County

Darlene Harvey-Wood, State Committeewoman, Sarasota County

Ray Valdes, State Committeeman, Seminole County

Harlan Mason, Chairman, St. Johns County

Becky Reichenberg, State Committeewoman, St. Johns County

Ellen Hoffman, State Committeewoman, Sumter County

Mary Lou Sharp, Chairman, Suwannee County

Herman Gunter, State Committeeman, Suwannee County

Renae Allen, Chairwoman, Union County

Joe Stich, Chairman, Volusia County

Robert Fortner, State Committeeman, Volusia County

Dana Swanson, State Committeewoman, Volusia County

Ed Brimner, Chairman, Wakulla County

Anne Ahrendt, State Committeewoman, Wakulla County

Lee Perry, Chairman, Walton County

Lane Rees, State Committeeman, Walton County

Brenda Rees, State Committeewoman, Walton County

Joel Pate, State Committeeman, Washington County

Governor? Appointee Susie Wiles

Governor? Appointee Adam Hollingsworth

Governor? Appointee Scott Hopes

Governor? Appointee Bo Rivard

Governor? Appointee Mike Hightower

Governor? Appointee Tom Grady

Governor? Appointee Alan Levine

Governor? Appointee John Colon

Governor? Appointee John Colon

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