A LETTER FROM STATE REPRESENTATIVE GEORGE MORAITIS
A LETTER FROM STATE REPRESENTATIVE GEORGE MORAITIS
Republican National Committee
Sharon Day, Co-Chairman
November 19, 2012
Dear Fellow BREC Members:
I wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and heartfelt congratulations to our County Chairman Richard DeNapoli on his announcement regarding the new direction his career is taking him and his family.
Richard has always stood firmly rooted in the principles of our Party and has spent his term as Chairman rebuilding the party and raising the funds, both federal and state, with a commitment to Republican success, at the municipal, county, state and national level. His dedication and energy on behalf of candidates will surely be missed.
Leadership means making difficult decisions and often taking all of the blame and little or none of the success. Richard has led and has strived to make the Broward Republican Executive Committee an organization of pride and principles.
Please join me in wishing Richard his wife Brigita and their son Victor, the best of luck and God’s blessing as they move on to the next set of challenges life has to offer.
Sharon Day was elected Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee on January 14, 2011. From 2009-2011, she served as RNC Secretary and she has served at the grassroots level of our Party in Florida for more than 20 years. Sharon has been a member of the Broward County Republican Executive Committee since 1994 and State Committeewoman from Broward County since 1996. She served as Florida’s National Committeewoman to the RNC since 2004, and continues to hold that position today. Among other areas of her community service, Sharon was appointed to the Broward County Housing Authority on which she served as the Chairman and has served as a Commissioner on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.
|Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Broward Republican Party, all elected unanimously before a standing-room only crowd: Broward GOP Chairman Rico PetrocelliYou can watch my opening Chairman’s remarks and passing of the gavel to new Chairman Petrocelli in the videos below:
Christine Butler, Vice-Chair
Cara Pavalock, Secretary
Mark McCarthy, Reelected Treasurer
I was happy to endorse this slate of officers and I know the Broward Republican Party will be in good hands with their leadership.
Congratulations also to new State Committeeman Ryan Anderson and our RNC Co-Chair, National Committeewoman, and State Committeewoman Sharon Day!
Finally, congratulations and thanks to the Broward Republican Party’s outgoing officers, who have all worked tirelessly for our cause:
Colleen Stolberg, Vice-Chair
Michael De Gruccio, Treasurer
Ed Kennedy, State Committeeman
Even though I’m leaving Broward county soon, I want to stay in touch! You can reach me at (954) 298-9121.
Thanks again for your friendship, support and dedication to our Republican party.
All the best,
Former Chairman, Broward Republican Party
Brigita DeNapoli & Victor DeNapoli
Broward County Republicans put Rico Petrocelli in the top leadership position Monday night with a unanimous vote of support.
The new chairman of the Broward County Republican Executive Committee will replace Richard DeNapoli, who announced last month he would follow a career opportunity in another part of the state. DeNapoli endorsed Petrocelli and a slate of three other candidates for board positions. They were all voted in by the REC members. In part of his written endorsement, DeNapoli said:
Many of our members do not realize what goes into running the Broward GOP. From setting up our monthly meetings, booking the hotel, coordinating speakers, maintaining our headquarters, making sure various bills are paid, advertising the party events, meeting with candidates, sending out emails, speaking with our almost 400 members on a regular basis … Rico has the skills, talent and experience to keep our party running smoothly from day one.
We couldn’t have had our fundraising successes over the last two years without Rico Petrocelli.
A former Plantation city councilman, DeNapoli hired Petrocelli in 2010 as the county REC’s executive director, and according to the more than 250 Broward Republicans who supported his election as chairman, he has done a good job.
Petrocelli expected to face challenger Karen Harrington, the former congressional candidate who announced her intention to run for county party chairwoman just after DeNapoli announced he wasn’t running for another term.
Harrington sent an email quitting the race just hours before Monday’s meeting, creating a stir in her absence. Read her email and the reaction to it at Karen Harrington embarrasses herself with another classless move.
See BPR’s exclusive interviews with the incoming and outgoing chairmen.
Former Chairman Richard DeNapoli
Dear Fellow Broward Republican Executive Committee Members,
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Chairman during these past two years. I’m writing to thank you for your friendship, support and dedication to our Republican Party. With your continued help and support of the Broward Republican Party, I’m optimistic that we will see many Republican victories in the future. Even though I’ll be moving away soon, I want to stay in touch!
You can reach me at (954) 298-9121.
See you at the BREC Meeting tonight!
Thanks again, and God Bless.
All the best,
“PARA PROSPERAR…HAY QUE VOTAR”
On October 25, 2012, the Cuban Americans for a Better Florida (“CABF”) and The Hispanic Vote (“THV”) held their Monthly Leader’s Meeting. The special guest was Richard DeNapoli, Chairman of the Broward Republican Executive Committee. The presentation was informative and the attendees appreciated the information presented. Many local candidates attended and addressed the leaders of both organizations. The meeting was sponsored by the CABF. Thank you to the CABF Board of Directors, for sponsoring the food for this meeting.
The Cuban Americans for a Better Florida Political Action Committee (CABFPAC) was established in 2009, after a small group of civic minded Cuban/Americans came to the realization that Hispanics, in Broward County needed a voice. We were formed as a non-partisan group, with members from all political parties and perspectives. We are committed to empowering the Hispanic community, as a whole, by sharing our knowledge and experience in public policy debates at the local, county, and state level and where appropriate, assisting issues campaigns through education and financial support.
The CABFPAC has come a long way, since its inception in March of 2009. Our members believe in our mission statement. Although the CABFPAC was founded by Cuban/Americans, our doors are open to all Hispanics and anyone interested in helping us make a better community. CABFPAC members meet monthly to discuss important public policy issues and to find ways to motivate and unite the Hispanic community in becoming better citizens.
By Micah Grimes, Web Editor
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
On the Republican National Convention floor, Florida delegates and Tampa Bay area residents were optimistic about what the convention has meant and will mean to the region.
“It clearly is going to be a benefit for the entire metro area and it’s going to give us an international boost … an economic boost for decades to come,” Florida at large delegate John Giotis, of Clearwater Beach, said from the RNC convention floor. “It’s clearly an honor for Tampa and the surrounding communities” to host the RNC.
Florida Broward County delegate Richard DeNapoli, sitting next to Giotis, added that the convention has been a “very exciting, once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Tampa resident David Watson cited the influx of people into the Bay area as an inherent positive and an economic boom. “Also the nice [media] coverage,” he added. “Hopefully it will be good to attract those who want to come and vacation here.”
For Florida Congressional District 11 Chairman and Florida delegate A.J. Matthews, holding the event in the Tampa Bay area was a moment of pride that will have far-reaching effects.
Matthews said he hasn’t been able to take part in much of the outside social activities that come with the RNC as he has volunteered to help in the mornings and served as a delegate in the evenings.
“As a political leader, it’s important to me to represent, to give back and really become part of the movement that has made this convention happen.” The Tampa resident said that it gave him a very significant sense of pride that it has been held in “my backyard.”
The three delegates didn’t speak to the delayed busing issues reported by Bay News 9’s partner newspaper the Tampa Bay Times, but an Indiana delegate who asked to not be identified said he was somewhat unhappy with how the RNC’s delegate busing has progressed.
As featured in the Tampa Bay Times
Supported in the primary: Uncommitted
Party role: Chairman of the Broward Republican Executive Committee
Quote: “I am looking forward to Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Connie Mack and all of our local Florida leaders. It’s inspiring to see all the other Republican activists from across the country. To see all of our national figures is very exciting, and to have it all in Florida, our home state, is even better.”
Occupation: Trust officer at a bank
Why this delegate is noteworthy: DeNapoli comes from a county where there are twice as many registered Democrats as Republicans. Paul Ryan’s mother lives in Broward (Lauderdale-by-the Sea). DeNapoli would like to meet her and do some sort of event with her in Broward.
Follow this delegate’s convention experience:
BREC Chairman Richard DeNapoli appears on CBS 4
to Talk about the Broward GOP’s Finding of
Dead People Still Listed as Active on the Broward Rolls
|Watch the video featuring BREC Chairman Richard DeNapoli above|
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“FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Can you be in the grave, but still have a pulse to vote? The answer is yes, in South Florida.
Using a new data base, the Florida Department of State found nearly 52,000 dead people still listed as active voters. So far, Broward has pulled out 4,482 names of dead voters from the rolls; Miami-Dade has dropped 4,860 dead voters from the rolls, according to Chris Cate, the Communications director at the Florida Department of State.
“Obviously it’s absurd, but how do you police it, I don’t know,” wondered voter Augi Moran. Read more
Almost 500 Republicans attended the annual Lincoln Day Gala at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was the featured keynote speaker at the Broward Republican Party event. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Congressman Allen West (FL-22), and Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day were among special guest speakers in attendance.
Party Secretary Michael De Gruccio returned as the 2012 event chairman.
“It was my honor to return as chairman of the 2012 Broward County Lincoln Day Gala,” said De Gruccio. “We had an amazing keynote speaker followed by special guest speakers that not only honored the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln but our Republican elected officials.”
Prior to the dinner, BREC Chairman Richard DeNapoli hosted a VIP Reception for nearly 200 that included the Florida Attorney General, the state Chief Financial Officer, a prominent Congressman, the Republican National Committee Co-Chairman, a number of local, state, and federal officials as well as candidates for public office.
“The VIP reception offered an opportunity to chat one-on-one with Attorney General Pam Bondi, the keynote speaker and special guests CFO Jeff Atwater Congressman Allen West, and RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day” said DeNapoli. “Guests also had an opportunity to speak with candidates running for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Florida House and Senate, as well as local Broward County offices.”
Returning as auctioneer from appearances at both the 2011 Broward Lincoln Day Gala and the inaugural Grand Old Party BBQ was Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell. Standing tall above the crowd, Elwell successfully raised thousands of dollars for local Republicans through a live auction.
Attorney General Pam Bondi opened the evening as the featured keynote speaker with a feisty and dynamic speech on a variety of issues. Bondi, who had just returned from a trip to New York and the taping of a segment on Sean Hannity, donated a pink tie – autographed by Hannity – for the evening’s live auction.
Still excited from her recent argument before the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of Obamacare, Bondi recalled some of her experiences concerning the case.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater followed stating that “you have the state of Florida and our federal government taking two very different paths. In the great state of Florida where you have elected Rick Scott, where you have elected Pam Bondi, Adam Putnam, and a Republican legislature – this is what happens in a downturn. You get people that go to bat for you.”
“Things in Florida are completely different from the federal government. The federal government has raised your taxes, raised the debt, increased regulation. In the state of Florida the last three years has been the exact opposite – your taxes were reduced, regulation was reduced, and debt was reduced.”
Congressman Allen West fired up conservatives, telling Republicans to “find the enemy and fight them wherever they are.” Like American paratroopers before the D-day invasion, West said they “must be like sharks that smell blood in the water.”
The audience applauded and cheered throughout his 19 minute speech, as West appeared before Broward Republican’s for a final time.
West concluded with words from the farewell speech given by Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson when he was promoted by Robert E. Lee.
“He said to his brigade they would always be first in his heart,” said West. “Broward County will always be first in my heart, and I will never forget you,” he told the standing room only crowd.
Special guest and Republican National Committee co-Chair Sharon Day was also encouraged by the work of the Broward Republican Executive Committee and stated so in an interview following the event.
“It was great to see so many Broward Republicans together in such a Democratic stronghold. Taking back the White House and the Senate is the only way we can save America.”
“Lincoln Day was an overwhelming success,” former Plantation Councilman and BREC Executive Director Rico Petrocelli stated. “It was encouraging to see many new faces from throughout Broward.”