SANTA ROSA INSIDER OPINION: Republican infighting is dangerous

Posted on March 5, 2024 by EDITORIAL BOARD

Instead of fighting Democrats, Florida Republicans are busy fighting each other and pushing voters from the far right back to center. 

In a January special election, Republicans lost a Florida House seat when a Democrat took ~65% of NPA votes.

Here in Santa Rosa County, the number of voters registered NPA/other has grown 12% in the past 7 years. Although Republicans remain the supermajority and have also increased nearly 12%, the number of registered Democrats has dropped 15.5%.

But that’s no cause for any GOP celebration.

The decrease in registered Democrats isn’t just because liberals, such as defeated Congressional candidate Rebekah Jones, have fled the state.

No, local Democrats are actively and unashamedly infiltrating the Republican Party, claiming they’re doing so to counter voter disenfranchisement and suppression caused by write-in candidates which close the primaries.

Could this be one of the reasons we’ve seen so much Republican infighting over the past several years? 

It’s a good thing that party affiliation records are public record. It allows us to see those who change parties.

There’s a growing fracture between Republicans in Santa Rosa County, and it seems to be a microcosm of what’s taking place at the state level. 

We’re seeing ego-driven Republicans publicly defending Democrats and actively attacking duly elected GOP leaders. 

Initially I thought it was jealousy of those in power but perhaps it’s actually sabotage intended to hurt the party…