Florida Whig Party
|Chairperson||Paul Grant Truesdell|
|Headquarters||200 N.W. 52nd Street, Ocala, FL 34482|
Constitutional limits on federal powers
|Political position||Fiscal: Center-right
|Colors||Blue and Red|
The Florida Whig Party is a now defunct political party in the state of Florida. In 2008, the party aligned itself with the Modern Whig Party, a national organization of about 30,000 members initially founded by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans as a "comeback" of the historic Whig Party.[volume & issue needed] However, the Florida Whig Party discontinued this association in late 2009, largely due to its increasingly conservative platform. The Florida Whig Party was the first "Whig" state political party to officially run candidates for federal office in over a century.
In late 2009 and early 2010, the Florida Whig Party attracted attention for fielding an unusually large number of candidates for a third party. However, their first candidate, Paul McKain, left the party in early 2010 to run without affiliation. In addition, the party attempted to field additional Whig candidates, to include Clayton Schock, John Annarumma, Stephen Bacon, and Steve Gerritzen, but in spring 2010 the party announced that they failed to qualify for the ballot. Some of these candidates reportedly attempted to run as either write-in candidates or no party affiliation.
Businessman Craig Porter, however, did qualify for the ballot as a Florida Whig. He received 2.2% of the vote, a total of 3,186 votes.
According to the party website, the party was dissolved in 2012.
- "Martin County Supervisor of Elections" http://www.martinvotes.com/content.aspx?id=14
- "Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections" http://pbcelections.org/PartyGroup.aspx?PartyGroupID=45
- "Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections" http://votehillsborough.org/PartyGroup.aspx?PartyGroupID=42
- "Whig party leaders hope to offer voters more options" by Bill Thompson in Ocala Star Banner http://www.ocala.com/article/20100103/ARTICLES/1031014/1001/NEWS01?Title=Whig-party-leaders-hope-to-offer-voters-more-options/
- "Modern Whig Party has Appeal to Some Troops: No Candidates Yet, but with Moderate Stance, it's Starting to Catch On" as published in the Marine Corps Times, Army Times and Air Force Times newspapers in June 2008. Article specifically mentions the Florida Whig Party status.
- Phillips, Michael M (2010-08-24). "Political Party for Mild-Mannered Is Off to a Slow Start". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
- See again Ballot Access News article
- Winger, Richard (2009-10-19). "Whig Party Says it will Have At Least Three U.S. House Candidates on Florida Ballot in 2010". Ballot Access News. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
- "Florida Whig Party Now Has 5 Announced Candidates for U.S. House " by Richard Winger Jan. 8, 2010 in Ballot-Access News, http://www.ballot-access.org/2010/01/08/florida-whig-party-now-has-5-announced-candidates-for-u-s-house/
- See Florida Whig Party website candidates section
- "Who is Stephen Bacon? DeBaryite wants Mica's seat in Congress" by Pat Hatfield Beacon Staff Writer http://www.beacononlinenews.com/news/daily/2450/
- "U.S. House Election Results". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
- "Republicans are Bald, Put on your Whigs" by Kyle Munzenrieder on Nov. 7, 2008 in Miami New Times, http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2008/11/republicans_are_bald_put_on_yo.php
- Florida Whig Party (Official)
- Florida Whig Party Blog (Official)
- Clayton Schock for Congress (Official campaign website)
- Stephen Bacon for Congress (Official campaign website)
- Craig Porter for Congress (Official campaign website)
- Steven Gerritzen for Congress (Official campaign website)
- Florida Whig Party on Facebook
- Florida Whig Party on Twitter
- Florida Whigs Party of Hernando County