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Both Petrocelli and DeNapoli have refused to share the list and have instructed interested parties to use the outdated Broward County Supervisor of Elections list that the BREC is mandated to submit every year which does not include the member’s email.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?