Donald Trump endorses Joe Gruters for RNC Treasurer
State Sen. Joe Gruters with wife Sydney and President Donald Trump. Image via Facebook.

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The Republican Party of Florida Chair has been a longtime supporter of the former President.

President Donald Trump wants a Florida political leader keeping the books for the Republican National Committee (RNC). He is endorsing Joe Gruters, Republican Party of Florida state Chair, for RNC Treasurer.

“Joe Gruters, currently Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, is running for Treasurer of the Republican National Committee in Friday’s big election,” Trump said in a statement released by his presidential campaign.

He noted Gruters both leads the state party and holds public office as a Florida state Senator.

“I have known Joe since before I was a candidate in 2016, and before he was even elected to office. Now he is representing Sarasota, the home of Truth Social, very, very well. Joe has done a great job leading Florida Republicans to historic wins, including my two great victories, and he will do a fantastic job as RNC Treasurer. Joe Gruters has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Gruters for more than a decade served as Chair of the Republican Party of Sarasota, and in that capacity honored Trump as Statesman of the Year as far back as 2012. A few years later, he endorsed Trump shortly after he launched his presidential campaign, and ended up co-chairing the Florida arm of the Trump campaign in 2016, when the business executive won a surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Gruters’ influence in state politics continued to grow and he was elected to chair the state party in 2018 and re-elected in 2020. He is not seeking re-election to that role.

He announced in December he’s running for RNC Treasurer, where he faces K.C. Crosbie of Kentucky.

Gruters has faced criticism from some in his party for supporting Ronna McDaniel’s re-election as RNC Chair. That included a group of state Republican Executive Committee members calling for a special meeting to denounce McDaniel, though not enough showed up to the Sarasota meeting last week to make a quorum.

Other high-profile supporters for Gruters include U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, who led the political arm for Senate Republicans in the 2022 Midterms.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


4 comments

  • Martin Arauxo

    January 26, 2023 at 10:10 am

    Donald Trump, you are a fool and moron. You’ve wasted the goodwill of the base by endorsing these horrible people, therefore your endorsements no longer hold any meaning.
    Joe Gruters is the establishment, you are out of touch and deserve no respect.

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  • Woody

    January 27, 2023 at 10:35 am

    Congratulations Joe!

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