Waurishuk is no stranger to the political scene in the Sunshine State. He's is a close friend and ardent ally of Florida State Senator Joe Gruters who will likely be elected as Chairman of Florida Republican Party next month at the Republican Party of Florida’s annual meeting in Orlando. Gruters was Donald Trump’s State Chairman for his 2016 campaign and Waurishuk was at his side since Donald Trump first announced candidacy for President in June 2015.
As a retired Colonel, Waurishuk was the first Veteran and retired senior military officer in Florida to endorse Trump and was pivotal in positioning Trump as a tough national security candidate. That occurred when as a key note speaker at Trump’s February 2016 Rally at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Colonel in his speech Waurishuk compared and contrasted Trump in the likes of Generals George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur, Norman Schwartzkoph, British Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher, and President Ronald Reagan before a crowd of nearly 14,000.
Continuing to stay engaged after President Trump’s election, he has corroborated with and met in the White House with the President’s Office of Political Affairs staff and advisors, to strategize with the focus on 2020.
Since becoming Hillsborough’s Chairman, he was instrumental along with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in having President Trump call into the Hillsborough County GOP’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner in May 2018 as 400 party members and guests heard the President congratulate them for their support and saying he would be in Tampa very soon.
Chairman Waurishuk was already on that promise by President Trump working closely with the White House to move a July 2018 Presidential bill signing ceremony from Orlando to Tampa, and then encouraging the White House to hold a rally in Tampa an hour later that afternoon, a mile down the road at the Florida State Fairgrounds that night. Again, before a massive crowd of over 12,000 Trump supporters, Waurishuk as the event’s emcee.
Continuing his aggressive stance within his party REC, prior to the November Mid-Term Election in late October to help energy the REC and its conservative base, he hosted former Trump Strategist and conservative political expert Steve Bannon as the key note speaker at the party’s Trump Anniversary Dinner in Tampa.
Bannon, a former executive of Breitbart News, served as White House Chief Strategist in the Trump administration.
Over the course of his tenure, first as the county party’s State Committeeman, and then as Chairman, Waurishuk has sought to build on and capitalize on the party’s Conservatives to serve on its Executive Board. He has been steadfast in this effort in order to establish policies and strategies to challenge more liberal forces in the county to prep the battle for 2020. At the same time he sees the opportunity for them to serve as force multipliers to increase support for Trump for his reelection, which of course will be critical in a predominately blue county.