When it comes to picking the Republican nominee for president of the United States, the Florida GOP carved a special role for itself in the last two presidential campaigns: Self-entitled scofflaw.
Sunshine State Republican elected leaders, convinced that America’s biggest and most diverse battleground state should have an outsized voice in selecting the nominee, unapologetically blew up their national party’s carefully crafted primary schedules by setting Florida’s primary earlier than allowed in 2008 and 2012.
But for 2016, when former Gov. Jeb Bush and/or U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio could be running to become the first Floridian ever nominated for president, the state GOP appears poised for a new role: compliant pussycat.
This time, no one is talking about ignoring the rules set forth by the Republican National Committee, at least so far. Party leaders are signaling they are content for Florida to share the spotlight with several other states on what is likely to be a “Super Tuesday” primary day on March 1, 2016.
“As big as our state is we’ll be influential regardless of the timing,” Florida Republican party chairwoman Leslie Dougher said.