RSLC Weekly Update 10/12/17

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Florida Republicans announced their support of state Rep. Jose Oliva to serve as the next House speaker if they hold the majority in 2018. “You’ve got someone who is conservative, who is principled, who is willing to tear down the top-down structure and is willing to share power with his colleagues,’’ said House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, as he nominated Oliva Tuesday at a meeting of the House Republican caucus.


Nevada Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison wrote an op-ed in the Reno Gazette-Journal in the aftermath of the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, praising the community’s response and the courage of the victims and their families. “These selfless acts of service, compassion, and love are in keeping with the best and highest traditions of Las Vegans, Nevadans and Americans. They are what forever will be embedded in our collective memories of Oct. 1. It is the light that we will remember, not the darkness. #VegasStrong,” he wrote.

Robert “Bobby O” Olszewski  won the special election for Florida’s 44th House District seat, beating Democratic candidate Eddy Dominguez with a 56-44 margin. “I have absolutely put my entire heart and soul into serving my hometown community,” he said. Olszewski’s service will begin immediately.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker threw his support behind state Senate candidate Jacob Ventura in the special election race to replace former Sen. James Timilty, who resigned. According to Baker, “Ventura’s fiscal discipline and political experience mean he will be ready to work on day one.”

RSLC President Matt Walter responded to Democratic attempts to win state contests given their long odds at reclaiming the U.S. Congress. “The Democrats are trying to probe for the weakest link, and they are looking for that at the state level,” he said. “It is our job to make sure that doesn’t happen.”