Republican Party of Fla. chairman resigns

Lenny Curry considers Jacksonville mayoral run

Lenny Curry.
Lenny Curry.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Channel 4 received a copy of Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry's resignation letter Thursday night. The letter informs the Republican Party of Florida that Curry is resigning from his post as chairman effective May 31.

Curry wrote, "In recent weeks, a number of my friends and neighbors in Jacksonville have encouraged me to consider a run for mayor. Jacksonville is not just my home, it is a place of great opportunity; a place where I have made my dreams come true. I feel obligated to give myself the time to fully consider and explore how to serve this community I care for so deeply."

Curry also looks toward the future in his letter, stating that the Republican Party's successes will only continue.

"Our successes reflect on the tremendous team we have in place, led by Governor Scott, Attorney General Bondi, CFO Atwater and Commissioner Putnam. We are well positioned moving into the 2014 elections."

Curry closes his letter by saying that he is confident in the Republican Party of Florida.

"(It will) continue on this same path and in November, we will celebrate a resounding victory for Rick Scott, our cabinet, and growing majorities for our House and Senate Chambers."

Channel 4's Kent Justice requested an interview with Curry on Thursday to discuss his resignation, but the chairman said he is not doing interviews at this time.

RPOF executive director Juston Johnson sent this statement in response to Curry's resignation letter:

"The Republican Party of Florida thanks Chairman Curry for his leadership and service to the party. We wish him well in his future endeavors," said Johnson.

To see the full copy of Curry's resignation letter, click here.