Mark Cross is a personal friend of mine and in my opinion would make a fine RPOF Chairman if elected by the Republican State Committee. We serve together on the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida board. I am currently an At-large member and Mark is the Treasurer. Mark is an accountant by trade and served as the Florida coordinator for Ron Paul 2008, doing an outstanding job under the circumstances. He is also currently the State Committeeman for Osceola County, south of Orlando, where Disney World is located. He joins Eric Miller in opposing current Chairman Jim Greer for the post.
It is unclear whether his ties to the Ron Paul 2008 campaign will help or hurt his campaign. Despite being a 10-term Republican Congressman, Rep. Paul was constantly referred to as a Libertarian in the media. Eric Miller supported longshot candidate Rep. Duncan Hunter and Jim Greer supported primary winner Sen. John McCain. As a former regional field coordinator for Ron Paul 2008 myself, I was terribly disappointed at the total lack of support shown by the national campaign which led to a low vote total for Rep. Paul in the Florida primary. Since the primary was moved ahead of Super Tuesday, there was a refusal to send any money to Florida from the national campaign. Any money raised was from the grassroots and on the internet. There was no TV advertising whatsoever. Mark did whatever he could to remedy this situation, but it was out of his control. He helped to insure a large turnout of Ron Paul supporters at the debates held in Florida.
There have been isolated incidents of Ron Paul supporters in Orlando and Jacksonville causing problems with local leadership, but that is unlikely to hurt Mr. Cross, since he has opposed such behavior at county Republican Exec. Comm. meetings. He has encouraged libertarian-leaning Republicans to get involved on a local level and to treat all Republican party members with respect.
Here is the text of Rep. Paul’s endorsement:
What a year this has been!
And what achievements we have had. This Revolution is permanent. It didn’t end at the Republican convention. It didn’t end on November 5. It will not end until we have won the great battle on which we have embarked. Not because of me, but because of you. Millions of Americans have dedicated themselves to the principles of liberty: Freedom, Peace, and Prosperity.
An important next step toward fighting for our ideas within the Republican Party is the establishment of principled party leadership. In Florida there will be an election for a new state chairman on January 10, 2009. Only the State Committee will vote and only members of the State Committee can run. The elected State Committeeman from Osceola County is Mark Cross.
Mark Cross served as my Florida Coordinator for the Presidential campaign and was at my side for every debate and event scheduled in the Sunshine State. Mark helped establish an informal network of support across the state and I know that he has the integrity, leadership, and resources that would ensure a successful term as Chairman.
If the Republican Party is going to once again flourish, it is imperative that we restore honesty, integrity, and commitment to Liberty in our party. We need principled leadership, and I believe Mark Cross is the candidate to provide that leadership.
That is why I am endorsing Mark Cross for Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. Please join with me in helping Mark become the next Florida Republican Party Chairman by giving a generous donation to his campaign. I have personally made a donation and urge you to do the same. We need principled party leadership in Florida and Mark will make that happen. Thank you.