Orange County, Florida Republican Chairman Charles Hart isn't treating 2021 as an off-election year at all. The Executive Committee is having its third fundraiser under Hart's leadership. The Orlando Republic reported on the back-to-back fundraisers downtown at the Corona Cigar Company & Diamond Crown Lounge featuring Representative Bill Posey and Representative Dr. Ronny Jackson.
Now Senator Rick Scott will be addressing the committee and guests on June 17, 2021, 8:00 PM at the US Grant Republican Victory Dinner. The US Grant Republican Victory Dinner was announced at the Orange County Republican Executive Meeting June 3, 2021.
The OCRECFL, Facebook Page says "Buy your dinner tickets with Senator Rick Scott on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 8 p.m. at the Rosen Center Hotel located at 9840 International Drive; Orlando, Florida 32819.
General admission Tickets will be priced at the regular price of $75 a ticket. Preferred seating (reserved seating that would be close to the podium) is available starting at $100, or upgrade to VIP tickets for $300 a person or $500 a couple. The VIP reception begins at 6:45 PM.
100% of all proceeds go directly to support the Orange County Republican Party and its constant work to Make Orange County Red Again and support our Republican candidates. https://secure.anedot.com/ocrec/2021grantconvention
Most Republicans know that this appearance is rare for Senator Scott and are scrambling to get their reservations. Within two years of his arrival in Washington, Scott received a leadership position as the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a job that enables him to control funding for the 2022 Senate Republicans.
The NRSC helps elect Republican senators and challengers primarily through fundraising. Scott is one of six senators elected to a leadership role, and will manage staff and help determine strategy for key U.S. Senate races in 2022, including Florida, where Senator Marco Rubio is up for reelection.
The Orange County Republican Party looks to be very serious about winning back the county. With Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings lifting the COVID restrictions and indicating that he will pursue the 1% sales tax increase for transportation as he enters a reelection year is a bold move. If Hart and the committee stay focused on fundraising and organizing this could be the best political opportunity they have had in many years.
Representative Val Demings indicating that she will run for US Senate against Rubio should make Orlando a more attractive place to fundraise as all eyes will be focused on Demings' record as Orlando Police Chief. Representative Stephanie Murphy has confirmed that she will run for another term in the US House and because of reapportionment the stakes couldn't be higher.
Murphy has already attracted some of the most competitive competition with five Republican challengers already declaring and her $1.4 million in the bank. The Orlando Republic will be interviewing all of these candidates and tracking their performance.
If your a Republican in Central Florida and you haven't made a reservation this will be more than a missed opportunity. If your a Republican that supports the America First agenda and President Donald J. Trump this should be the place you want to be. It will be interesting to see what candidates make their appearance and how much they're investing in the party. This should be a unifying event across Orange County. The Orlando Republic looks forward to recapping the event.