The first Republican Party of Florida quarterly meeting with Blaise Ingoglia in charge begins Friday night in Orlando.
The two-day event includes a number of seminars for party members on items such as dealing with campaign finances and how to deal with the media.
There’s been an introduction new members of the finance team, as well as the hiring of Brad Herold as executive director, Wadi Gaitan as communications director and Mallory Deason as press secretary.
Gaitan is bilingual, fulfilling a goal by request by Fort Lauderdale Latina activist Evelyn Perez-Verdia that with a growing Latino community that thirsts for information about the political climate, both state parties should hire bilingual communication directors (The Florida Democratic Party won’t follow suit; Perez-Verdia said that party Chairwoman Allison Tant says there’s no money in the party’s budget to do so).
The meeting is the first that Ingoglia, who in his day job is a member of the state House, has presided over since he stunned the Florida GOP establishment by upsetting Gov. Rick Scott‘s hand-picked choice for party chair, Leslie Dougher, in January.