Florida GOP chairman stepping down
August 31st, 2011
03:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Florida GOP chairman stepping down

Washington (CNN) – Citing health reasons, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Dave Bitner will step down from his high profile post in late September, a party official confirms to CNN.

An election for the new chairman will take place September 23, as Florida Republicans gather in Orlando for a multi-day political event anchored by a presidential debate and straw poll.

Bitner is endorsing his vice chair, Lenny Curry, to succeed him as chair of one of the largest and most influential GOP state parties in the nation.

Earlier this year, Bitner was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republicans
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. MikeB

    Sorry to hear that he has Lou Gehrig's disease. I wasn't even aware that Bitner had played baseball.

    August 31, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Sorry to hear that. That's horrible news for his family.

    It seems as though the FL GOP Chair's job has been a bit of a revolving door.

    August 31, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. SecedingfromTexas

    If true, it's going to be rough for him and his family. I'm very sorry.

    August 31, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. peace

    sorry to hear that you are sick sir hope u get better. a lot"s of gop will fall ill they keep f-king with the the president. and the american people. it"s time to stop all the hate for the black man.

    August 31, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Florida GOP chairman stepping down"

    Don't fret, Teatrolls...he'll certainly only be stepping down to stand on the backs of the middle-class where all GOPers believe they belong.

    August 31, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Steve, New York City

    I am very sorry to hear about Mr. Bitner's sickness.
    DON'T STOP FIGHTING – we are all thinking about you!!

    August 31, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. diridi

    sorry to hear....voice your concern for the good of American Middle Class...not corporate greed, Oil nasty money mongering....good luck,

    August 31, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |