Karen Harrington Picks Charlie Crist-Loving Vice Chair Who Bashes Rubio, Palin & Tea Party

Karen Harrington, the wannabe leader of Broward Republicans, has picked a running mate who lamented the party of “our great Governor” Charlie Crist had been “hijacked” by “right wing zealots” like Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Rick Scott, Sarah Palin and the tea party. In a letter sent to Broward Republican activists, Harrington announced Alvin Entin as her running mate in the upcoming BREC elections. Harrington writes, “Mr. Entin will make a great contribution to our team as Vice Chairman bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience helping to develop our outreach efforts and implement a winning strategy moving forward.”

Uh oh. Guess Ms. Harrington didn’t read Entin’s blog entitled, Curmudgeons Curious Condrums.

In a September 2010 post, “My Party Has Been Hijacked”, Entin unleashes his inner curmudgeon against Marco Rubio, Bill McCollum, Rick Scott, Sarah Palin and the tea party:

“The results are in from Delaware and another responsible, intelligent Republican has lost a primary election. It shouldn’t have been a contest. A former Governor, a current Congressman and a fiscal conservative with Moderate views on social issues, Mike Castle has lost to a “tea party” candidate whose only apparent qualification was her endorsement by the high priestess of mediocrity, Sarah Palin. A chance to pick up another US Senate seat lost in the transaction. Voters who can read, understand, and appreciate will desert in droves to the Democratic candidate. If I lived in Delaware I would most definitely be with them. After all here in Florida the self same right wing zealots have pushed our great Governor right out of the Republican party. The Republican nominee, Marco Rubio embraced the same close minded segments of the tea party movement as his fulcrum to power, and now must live with the consequences of his unholy arrangement. He will soon discover that the recipe for success in the primaries will not translate to victory in November. To win you must attract independents and moderates, those voters will flock to Governor Crist.”

Wait, it gets better. Entin says he will not vote for Rubio and Scott and he compares conservatives to racist Democrat bigots from the 1960s South:

“I have never been a fan of Bill McCuollum, yet I voted for him in the primary. I held my nose, but I voted for him. I cannot even hold my nose and vote for Rick Scott or Marco Rubio. This isn’t the first time I have felt this way, but it is the first time I cannot stand silent. My party has been hijacked by the kind of mean, small minded people that used to elect the Eastlands, Russells, Maddoxes to high office in the South”

Entin adverstises his blog on his Facebook page. How could Harrington miss it? This is her first big choice?

What “outreach efforts” will she employ if her handpicked vice chair hates tea partiers and our Governor and our US Senator?

In the race for BREC chairman,Harrington is running against the heavily favored and well liked Rico Petrocelli.



Published by Tom Lauder

Covering South Florida Politics Since 2010...As Seen On: POLITICO, The Huffington Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald, WPLG LOCAL 10 (ABC MIAMI), The New Times

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  1. So she picked someone who voted against Rubio and Rick Scott in the 2010 general election – how the heck is he going to support Scott in 2014?!?!?!?!?!?


  2. Just goes to show you that Harrington is a Democratic plant – always was – always has been. Heck, she only became a Republican to run against Debbie…and she didn’t put up much of a fight each time she won the primary. Her second campaign was all about paying back her personal loans to the first campaign. Once she won, she was invisible in the district and DWS trounced her – by a larger margin than the first time!


  3. You know what they say – the first choice a candidate makes for president is their running mate – and that choice is an important indication of how they would govern. Well, this is a poor choice!!!!


  4. If true, Entin’s got my support. He’s right.

    And this is the problem with the Republican Party, it isn’t a true party for all, but just for those on the right. It’s split between moderate Republicans and the Tea Party who are getting control of the party. The problem is that the more you go to the right, the worse you will get, the bigger the middle and independents will grow, and the more Democrats will move to the center to get those voters successfully.

    Just cause you see the world the way you do, doesn’t mean everyone else sees it the same way.


    1. You don’t elect someone to a position that requires you to support republican nominees who doesn’t support those nominees and writes about how he won’t vote for them


      1. Well… if that were the case, how would you explain primary support… It’s fine for someone to put support behind a primary candidate but reasoning and logic needs to be solid… For instance: Im not supporting karen because she’s has no business in a leadership position. her whole campaign was funded by outside support expecting voters to just roll over on dws because they got a negative mailer… genius… not to mention her lack of credibility


  5. Well, what can you expect from a woman that’s been a bar tender most of her life with little, if any, formal education. BREC is not a soccer team. Harrington is no match against DWS. You can kiss the BREC good-bye if Harrington and Javier take control. Communication skills are not their strong suit. Pay attention, folks, do your homework. Vet your candidates. Richard DeNapoli, Rico, Mark, and Colleen built BREC into the largest Floridian REC………..Keep the ball rolling. VOTE RICO, CHRISTINE, CARA AND MARK………………….


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