Republican Party of Florida Vice Chair Blaise Ingoglia unseated Gov. Rick Scott's hand-picked chairwoman, Leslie Dougher, Saturday morning at the party's annual meeting in Orlando.
Dougher's team and most others were confident she would pull off a win for a second term as party chair, but she ultimately couldn't make it happen.
Later, in a formalized statement from RPOF, he said,"I am humbled and honored to have been elected to lead the Republican Party of Florida. We are a strong, grassroots organization and a model for success for other state parties around the country to look to. RPOF will play a crucial role in selecting our party's nominee in 2016 and returning a Republican to the White House. I am thrilled to lead this great party and look forward to working with the grassroots across this state."
Not long after Ingoglia was declared the winner, he issued a no-nonsense letter "to all officers, staff members and consultants" at RPOF.
From this moment forward," he wrote, "the Republican Party of Florida shall not process payment, incur costs, issue checks, transfer money or make any financial commitments without strict written approval of myself or a designated member of my transition staff.
Ignoglia has named David Johnson and Pablo Diaz to orchestra his transition.
Dougher, who was originally elected as chair in May after former RPOF chair Lenny Curry left the position to run for mayor of Jacksonville, led the party during a particularly fruitful election season with big wins for the Republican Party.
"I jumped on the proverbial speeding freight train," she said.
But Dougher's ride as chair is over now, and Ingoglia will be leading the party onward to 2016.
Scott said the vote whittled down to a party full of differing perspectives and views.
Many were ready to go in a different direction and I respect that," he said in a statement. "I look forward to working with Blaise Ingoglia to make Florida the best place for Floridas families.