RPOF Newsletter – October 30, 2020
A Note from RPOF Chairman Joe Gruters

October 30, 2020 

President Trump roused a crowd of thousands in a Tampa rally Thursday afternoon outside Raymond James Stadium, matching the enthusiasm of Floridians — some of whom had been gathering since before sunrise — with his own unparalleled enthusiasm for America and Americans. The case for another four years has never been stronger. The giant rally swamped the embarrassingly small, subdued “drive-in” gathering that Joe Biden held later in Tampa.

The timing of Thursday’s rally was perfect as the President pointed out the Third Quarter GDP numbers that were released just hours earlier exceeded even sky-high expectations at 33.1 percent growth. That translates into millions of jobs returning and hope for families and businesses across the country. The amazing part of this V-shaped economic rebound is that it is being done with the large economic engines of California and New York still mostly shutdown.

President Trump was introduced by First Lady Melania Trump and joined by Governor Ron DeSantis, First Lady Casey DeSantis, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez and RPOF Chairman Joe Gruters.

It was a great Monday night as the Republican Senate approved President Trump’s third Supreme Court Justice appointment, and Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in two hours later by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. This is what Republican leadership looks like. Efficiently, without loud histrionics, getting the work of the nation done and making sure the Supreme Court will rule on the law and Constitution as it is supposed to — not on the personal policy preferences of unelected Justices. 

In brief remarks after her swearing in, Barrett reiterated the importance of judicial impartiality while serving on the court. “It is the job of a judge to resist her policy preference…(it would be a) dereliction of duty to give in to them,” she said. “This separation of duty is what makes the judiciary distinct among the three branches of government.”

ACB is the real deal, in the mold of Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and other great Constitutionalists. She will do the nation proud. 

The full court press continues with Gruters and Vice Chairman Ziegler criss-crossing the state, walking and door-knocking with energetic and committed Republican volunteers and candidates sprinting to the Nov. 3 finish line. They will be in West Palm Beach today, Sarasota on Saturday and Miami on Sunday. Republicans in Florida refuse to cede any ground to Democrats anywhere. We’re fighting for every vote because we’re fighting for our nation’s future.

Earlier this week, the RPOF leaders traveled to Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Lake and Clay counties, seeing real momentum among the hundreds of enthusiastic Republicans they worked with. They also were with Donald Trump, Jr. at an event in Duval County.

Gruters spoke before Ivanka Trump’s speech in Sarasota Tuesday to a huge crowd gathered at Nathan Benderson Park’s world-class rowing facility. Congressmen Greg Steube and Vern Buchanan also spoke at the event.

Governor Ron DeSantis Update

Governor DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the state of Florida has been awarded $5 million in funding to create a new pilot program, Support to Communities: Fostering Opioid Recovery through Workforce Development.

The pilot program will address the health and economic impacts of widespread substance and opioid misuse, addiction and overdose. Funding will provide a full array of wrap-around services including recovery and supportive services, career training and employment services to participants directly impacted by the opioid epidemic. 

“The opioid crisis continues to be a public health concern in Florida,” Governor DeSantis said. “We are grateful to U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia for partnering with Florida to implement this pilot program.”

Read more here: https://www.flgov.com/2020/10/27/governor-ron-desantis-and-first-lady-casey-desantis-announce-5-million-awarded-from-the-u-s-department-of-labor-to-combat-opioid-crisis/

Governor DeSantis announced the appointment of John Davis as Secretary of the Florida Lottery. 

“John has extensive experience in the public and private sectors and is involved in his community, donating his time and talents to help kids and vulnerable Floridians succeed,” Governor DeSantis said. “His business focus and passion for student-success will serve him well as he takes over this important department.”

Davis, of Orlando, is Executive Vice President of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. Previously, was President of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida. John also serves on the Florida A&M University Law School Dean’s Advisory Council. A native of Pahokee, he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University where he was a standout safety of the Seminole football team.


During a meeting of the Children and Youth Cabinet, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced a statewide partnership with T-Mobile to provide over 600,000 Florida families 100GB of internet per year over the next five years.

This partnership seeks to ensure Florida families have internet access to supplement the hard work in the classroom and coincides with T-Mobile’s Project 10Million. Project 10Million is a national campaign to increase internet connectivity to millions of student households at no cost to them by offering free wireless hotspots and free high-speed data with the goal of making it available to Florida K-12 students who participate in the national school lunch program for low-income families.

Read more: https://www.flgov.com/2020/10/27/first-lady-casey-desantis-announces-partnership-with-t-mobile-project-10million-to-provide-students-free-internet-access/

President Donald Trump Update

After her swearing in as the newest U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Amy Coney Barrett gave a short speech reaffirming her belief in judges setting aside their personal preferences when ruling on cases. 

“The confirmation process has made ever clearer to me one of the fundamental differences between the federal judiciary and the United States Senate. And perhaps the most acute is the role of policy preferences. It is the job of a senator to pursue her policy preferences. In fact, it would be a dereliction of duty for her to put policy goals aside. By contrast, it is the job of a judge to resist her policy preferences. It would be a dereliction of duty for her to give in to them. 

“Federal judges don’t stand for election, thus they have no basis for claiming that their preferences reflect those of the people. This separation of duty from political preference is what makes the judiciary distinct among the three branches of government…A judge declares independence, not only from Congress and the president, but also from the private beliefs that might otherwise move her. The judicial oath captures the essence of the judicial duty — the rule of law must always control.”

“She is one of our nation’s most brilliant legal scholars,” Trump said.  

Read more here: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/without-any-fear-or-favor-amy-coney-barrett-vows-to-uphold-constitution-at-supreme-court-swearing-in-ceremony 


Over the past three years, construction crews have installed 90 miles of border wall and almost 40 miles more of a parallel, back-up wall in the Yuma border patrol region, one of the busiest areas for illegal border crossings. And it’s had a real impact in slowing the crossings.

Agents suspect that when the coronavirus pandemic passes and they are no longer able to immediately return illegal immigrants south of the border, as they have been able to, more will attempt to sneak into the U.S. With so many miles of new wall in place, Border Patrol’s head of the Yuma region, Anthony Porvaznik, thinks his agents now actually stand a chance at holding the line.

“We’re much better positioned right now to deal with that traffic when they do come than we have been in the past,” Anthony Porvaznik said.

Read more here: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/in-western-arizona-over-a-hundred-miles-of-new-border-wall-is-getting-results


It’s worth remembering that American leaders from both parties stood down to China for 40 years. The Chinese Communist Party broke the rules on global trade, allowed Chinese firms to steal technology from American companies, and in turn destroyed entire sectors of the American economy.

The corporate class and its chosen “experts,” turned a blind eye to China’s human rights abuses and crackdowns on speech. Washington politicians fell in line: Just open America’s markets to China, they said, and the CCP will change its ways and become a responsible global citizen as it grows richer and stronger.

They were wrong. Under President Trump, America is fighting back.

Read more here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600daily/