by Javier Manjarres
The highly anticipated vote for Chairman at the Broward GOP took place last night with all of the expected shenanigans and unruliness that have become the norm for BREC meetings. From extra votes being counted (five votes came out of nowhere after the first ballot vote had been counted); to motions for the floor not being acknowledged, even some home baked cookies to ‘influence’ some votes, at the end of the evening, Richard Lee DeNapoli won by a mere 4 votes -the win came on the second ballot of the night for Chairman. This vote total speaks volumes as to how disliked DeNapoli is and how divided the BREC is. One big difference between Commissioner Chip LaMarca and Richard DeNapoli is clear here- whereas LaMarca was disliked but tolerated, DeNapoli is despised and intolerable to many. DeNapoli is known throughout Broward conservative circles for his heckling of now Senator-elect Marco Rubio during the last election cycle, his over-the-top support of Governor Charlie Crist, and the unapologetic condescending way he addresses grassroots activists-RPOF members beware!
In other noteworthy news from the event, Cindy Guerra, the outgoing Chairman, did not bother acknowledge to Rick Scott as our new Governor- a ST Hat tip goes to Levi Williams, Sheela Venero, and the rest of the Rick Scott team.
With DeNapoli now at the helm, these challenges for the BREC may be insurmountable. Without an enthusiastic and growing membership, the BREC will not be able to dig itself out of a big financial hole or garner any kind of grassroots support. DeNapoli is already driving the BREC straight into a ditch, and this will not bode well for many future Republican conservative candidates, as DeNapoli is a long-time and self proclaimed moderate. The Conservative grassroots base will pick and choose the candidates who they will support, not who BREC tells them to. The days of the BREC as a relevant political organization may be nearing an end.