Karen Jaroch latest Tampa Bay official to join Herman Cain Express

On Tuesday, some members of his new political team in Florida were announced. On Wednesday, the Cain camp officially released a statement with all the vital information, including the fact that Tea Party activist and now HART board member Karen Jaroch is also part of the group.

Jaroch's title is co-director of 9/12 patriots, sharing that role with Barbara Haselden, a St. Petersburg based insurance company executive.

For Jaroch it's another step up the political ladder for a woman who a year and a half ago most people in local politics had never heard of. But then the Tea Party exploded.

Along with her fellow Tampa 9.12 colleague Sharon Calvert, Jaroch became one of the biggest critics of the light rail proposal that Hillsborough County voters overwhelmingly rejected a year ago. She was also prominent in advocating that Governor Rick Scott reject the federal funding for a Tampa-to-Orlando high speed rail line, and last month the Hillsborough County Commission appointed her to the HART board.

In addition to the above mentioned individuals, other Tampa Bay residents being named to Team Cain include media guru Adam Goodman, Suzanne Moore as Tampa Regional Field Rep. and Kathleen Shanahan as a statewide chair.

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It would be stating the obvious to say that Mitt Romney is the favorite of the GOP establishment and in the past month Herman Cain has become the Tea Party/anti-establishment candidate.

But if you didn't know that already, you would be by seeing all of the Florida Republican legislators who are flocking to support Romney, and how many non-elected officials are getting behind Cain.

Perhaps the most interesting case if Rick Baker. The former St. Petersburg Mayor was a statewide chair for Mitt Romney in 2007-2008 here in Florida. When we saw the former St. Pete Mayor last month at the CPAC Florida event, part of the three-day Lollapalooza for Republicans in the Sunshine State, Baker told CL he was weighing an endorsement for Romney or Rick Perry, the then ascendant candidate who at that time was considered the Anti-Romney choice.

But everyone loves a winner, and Perry is looking like the furthest thing from that today. And Cain? Well, the Mayor didn't say a word about him to us, but that was 24 hours before the former business exec shocked the political world and took home the Presidency 5 Straw Poll.

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