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Richard DeNapoli and Broward Republicans Mirror Obama Tactics

by Javier Manjarres

It is unfortunate to report that the Republican party in Broward County is engaging in the same voter suppression and candidate intimidation tactics of the Obama administration, as the embattled local Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC) led by their equally sketchy Chairman Richard DeNapoli (pictured) are using these same Obama tactics in an attempt to try to influence their upcoming Chairman’s election.

DeNapoli abruptly quit his post  as Chairman only days after he was actively campaigning for re-election-even after he tastelessly campaigned for the post at a funeral procession that he attended.

As soon as DeNapoli announced his resignation, Executive Director Rico Petrocelli- a close crony of DeNapoli’s- decided to run for the position.  Petrocelli was involved in very shady yet non-criminal ‘gift’ scandal back in 2009.  Petrocelli sent out an email blast announcing his candidacy which was then followed by one from Joe Kaufman, who was last seen on some street corner yelling at cars. DeNapoli then followed up with his own email blast that announced his support for Petrocelli.

The rub is this- the email blast sent out by these three parties is from the same BREC member list.  Karen Harrington, who is challenging Petrocelli for the chairmanship and her supporters including SWBRO President Jay Narang and former BREC Chairman Kevin Tynan have all requested the email list from Petrocelli and DeNapoli. Isn’t the GOP the party of openness and transparency? 

Both Petrocelli and DeNapoli have refused to share the list and have instructed interested parties to use the outdated Broward County Supervisor of Elections list that the BREC is mandated to submit every year which does not include the member’s email.  This is typical Obama Chicago-style politics at its best.

And now there’s this from DeNapoli and Petrocelli & Co.- they now want to make the Chairmanship a paid position.

The chair is currently an unpaid position — Petrocelli, a former Plantation council member, is paid about $36,000 a year as the director. Petrocelli wasn’t flat out calling for the next chair to be paid but he said he would raise that issue with the executive committee and the membership.-Miami Herald

DeNapoli  & Co. continue to embarrass what’s left of the Republican brand in Broward County, as the GOP is attempting to make its way back from political irrelevancy. Someone needs to step in and allow for a fair election- where is RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry?

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Jack Murphy

    Ah yes Joe No help Kaufman a guy who should be thrown out of the GOP Club permanently. He looses a primary and does he help the winner even after publicly stating at a BREC meeting he would help but never ever did.

    Then he goes to a meeting of SWBRO and does the same dog and pony show an does he or any of the others who participated help Karen Harrington?????????? Not 1 piece of help and now the TRAITOR wants to screw up the entire county with his antics and other messes…

    BTW Eillen thanks so much for your help also…I wonder if all those who help Joe, Eileen, and Ozzie loose did you help the GOP win or just join the other babies and stay home? crying on your street corner….with Newt and Perry and Santorium……an Obama stole the election? Not from where I sat and stood as he had 24 helpers at my early voting site and we had 4 folks all from Miramar but I forget we are south of I-595 an he wants to make it a paid position too boot????? smells like a democrat and acts like a democrat methinks….

    Joe is exactly what is wrong with the party….You do not support then go to the Democrats where you belong with Ceaser and his band of merry vote stealers……..

  • Jake Olsen

    Lenny, where are you. time to kick most of Broward County REC in the ass and throw them out

  • Dan

    If those who are interested… The Actually elected members of the REC, (precinct committeemen & women) had to submit their notarized documents to the SOE office. Those public forms and a list of actual voters are available there. You can request a copy of their registration forms in a PDF format. Those forms that placed them on the August ballot has their most recent home address, Phone Numbers and email addresses. It is official and accurate, once requested they should be available in 1 or 2 days. I suggest not taking any chances with provided unofficial information and do not allow anyone who has not submitted these documents to vote (unless they are elected officials) per FS103.
    Dan Tucker
    Pinellas County State Committeeman

  • Jack Murphy

    In other words only people who knew about registering with the soe should vote at all? Really since when does only certain members get to vote at all?????? Smells like more of the Charlie Crist logic once again rearing its head?

    In most democracies members of a club get to vote for the leadership of the club an when they together decide to vote in leadership that is that but now we have a hidden rule up for what to preserve the failures????????