Charlie Crist Republican Richard DeNapoli’s state house campaign seems to have reached the point of desperation, as his close friends and surrogates are now targeted his Republican primary opponent, Dr. Julio Gonzalez, because of a $500 donation he made in 2008 to Democrat Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
DeNapoli’s embattled friend Tom Lauder, who has been obsessed with trying to make a name for himself by attacking the only Republican County Commissioner in Broward County, Chip LaMarca, recently post a story pointing out the donation to Wasserman Schultz, in addition to Julio Gonzalez wrongfully naming the Democrat’s 2008 plan for government-run healthcare plan as Obamacare.
The Affordable Healthcare Act, or Obamacare, was crafted during 2008-2009, but was not signed into law until 2010.
Again, Lauder’s gripe with Gonzalez is that he called Democrat Party healthcare reform Obamacare before it was officially called Obamacare.
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According to Gonzalez, while serving in the Florida delegation to the Board of Councilors (BOC) to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s, as well as being placed in the Executive committee of the Florida Orthopaedic Society (FOS), he and a group of these concerned doctors with the Democrat Party’s prospect of overhauling healthcare, were solicited to attend a fundraiser in honor of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL.
Here is what Gonzalez said:
In an effort to find new friends in the Democrat Party, the FOS sought to engage a young Democratic Congresswoman named Debbie Wasserman Shultz. One of the members of the FOS’s Executive Committee had established contacts with Ms. Schultz and was hopeful that by engaging her, Florida’s orthopaedic surgeons might find a sympathetic ear to the challenges facing orthopaedic patients in Florida.
The FOS was successful in arranging a fundraiser for her early in the morning of April, 2008, at the Academy’s D.C. office to discuss issues relating to health care in Florida with a focus on a permanent correction of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), the formula used by Medicare in determining how physicians are reimbursed.
Every member of the FOS Executive Committee was urged to attend and contribute $500.00 in support of this meeting. Approximately twelve Florida orthopaedic surgeons, the FOS executive director, and the Academy’s chief lobbyist were in attendance, along with my wife.
Our meeting with Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz quickly devolved into an intense exchange between Ms. Wasserman Schultz and me about the Democrats’ plans for health care reform, which I have vividly described. Inevitably, the meeting ended negatively, in no small part to my repeatedly confronting the Congresswoman on statements of Democrat propaganda that she was repeatedly delivering. –Dr. Julio Gonzalez
Gonzalez said that he his colleagues plugged their noses and cut checks to Wasseman Schultz, but as Gonzalez mentions, his talk with Wasserman Schultz over his groups concerns about government-run healthcare, or Obamacare, as it was dubbed the following year, turned ugly.
Gonzalez’s story is one that has been heard before from both Republican and Democrat candidates, who were former lobbyists or advocates, and were obliged to donate to elected officials on both sides of the political aisle, in hopes to push along their respective agendas.
Newly minted U.S. Congressman David Jolly (R-FL), who up until he decided to run for Congress, lobbied in Washington,D.C., giving thousands of dollars to Democrat members of Congress, as well as to Republicans.
While Gonzalez has never been a registered lobbyist, his “advocacy” donation to Rep. Wasserman Schultz is perceived to be the same form of donation Congressman Jolly made to Senator Bill Nelson and former Congressmen Jesse Jackson Jr., and Alan Boyd.
Gonzalez said that during 2009, he and the same group also donated to former blue-dog Democrat Congressman Alan Boyd (FL), who assured them he would not vote for the Affordable Care Act.
Boyd lied, and voted in favor of Obamacare. After Boyd went back on his word of opposing Obamacare, Gonzalez’s group shunned Boyd of any and all support, which led to Boyd ultimately losing his 2010 re-election to Steve Southerland.
But while Gonzalez stands by his donations to Democrats for wanting to to express his opposition to what is now known as Obamacare, Richard DeNapoli has yet to explain why he, as an elected Republican Party official in Broward County, sought and willfully accepted thousands of dollars in donations from two of the biggest Democrat ‘cash-men’ in the county.
Not only are these two registered Democrats (Ron Bergeron and Austin Forman) Democrat “Super donors,” but they are “bundlers” who have collected donations against the likes of Senator Marco Rubio and other Republicans over the years.
Forman has almost donated exclusively to Democrats, while Bergeron has donated to both Republicans and Democrats, but mainly to Democrats, including both Kendrick Meek and DeNapoli’s close friend, Charlie Crist, during the 2010 Senate race in Florida.
According to 2011 Broward Supervisor of Elections finance reports, Broward Republican Executive Committee Chairman Richard DeNapoli, accepted over $15,000 from Ron Bergeron alone, while thanking both Bergeron and Forman for sponsoring that year’s Lincoln Day dinner event.
DeNapoli even let Bergeron sponsor the Broward GOP’s official website.
While Julio Gonzalez, a political newbie Orthopedic surgeon donated $500 to Debbie Wasserman Schultz in an effort to be able gripe to her about government-run healthcare, career politician and former Republican official, Richard DeNapoli- who has previously ran for (3) elected offices- has embraced thousands of Democrat dollars while claiming to be promoting “GOP Unity.”
On another note, in the 2010 U.S. Senate race between Senator Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist, Gonzalez hosted a fundraiser and donated a total of $2150 to Rubio’s campaign, while Richard DeNapoli did what his Democrat friends and donors did, donate to anyone but Marco Rubio in the Senate race.
DeNapoli donated $1000 to Charlie Crist’s Senate campaign.
Under DeNapoli’s watch as Broward GOP Chairman in 2012, Republicans voter registration dropped to third behind Democrats and Independents, as well as tallying up the worst voter turn-out in the state.
The Republican Party of Florida’s Grievance Committee even referred to Richard DeNapoli’s leadership as “weak and ineffectual.”
Learn more about Richard DeNapoli here.
Learn more about Tom Lauder here.