As REDBROWARD reported last week, Rupert Tarsey vowed revenge on those he believes uncovered his brutal criminal past. In 2007, Tarsey, then known as Rupert Ditsworth, was charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a vicious hammer attack on a female classmate. Prosecutors said Tarsey hit 17 year-old Lizzie Barcay forty times with a claw hammer. Three years later, Tarsey plead no contest to a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
News of Tarsey’s criminal past made international headlines over the Labor Day weekend. Tarsey was upset the news interfered with his plan to be named the next Chairman of the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC). Days earlier, Tarsey, State Committeman Richard DeNapoli and Treasurer Kevin Moot voted to hold a special meeting to remove current Chairman Robert Sutton. Tarsey could only gather 70 new members and malcontents to the meeting which was declared illegal by the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF). Tarsey and Co. will try to remove Sutton again tonight at another “special meeting.”
Last week, Tarsey told a Republican ally, “Obviously I’m not going to let it slide. I’m not going to let all the attacks they’ve done just slide.” In this conversation with a Broward Republican, Rupert Tarsey discussed firsthand knowledge of a recent hit piece detailing the criminal history of a Sutton supporter. Th anonymous email attacking the Sutton supporter was sent from the “BREC4Change” email account. The email promised an upcoming hit piece on Robert Nichols, the BREC legal counsel. The anonymous email was not an authorized communication.
In his conversation with the Broward Republican, Tarsey mentioned upcoming attacks on other members including this reporter. Tarsey even discussed this reporter’s minor children.
As promised, BREC4CHANGE sent another email attack on Tuesday. It attacked this reporter as the “Chief of Fake News.”
Proving that the sender of the email is a rank amateur, the attack included links to other hit pieces that may have not been sent. The account shows 5 email pieces were created between October 2 and October 10, 2017.
“HIDDEN RELATIONSHIP” WITH DEBBIE WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ
One of the most laughable attacks claims Chairman Sutton is a secret agent working on behalf of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Out of Touch). The email includes a photograph of Sutton and DWS taken at a public event.
The email lists several dubious claims under the photograph. “Why has there been zero voter registrations turned in under Mr. Sutton’s leadership? Why has there been so much infighting under Mr. Sutton’s leadership? Why has so little effort been made to go after Democrats?”
The implication being Sutton is working for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
Clearly, the BREC4Change research team spends more time on the ocean than reading REDBROWARD.
Last year, REDBROWARD exposed how leaked DNC emails showed Wasserman-Schultz was behind media attacks on Broward Republican Chairman Robert Sutton.
During the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wikileaks released emails which showed the Democratic National Committee (DNC) orchestrated the “outrage” over an off-color remark by Broward Republican Party Chairman Robert Sutton. In April 2016, Sutton told the Washington Post, “I think when Donald Trump debates Hillary Clinton she’s going to go down like Monica Lewinsky.” While Sutton later apologized for offending anyone, Wikileaks shows Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the DNC immediately jumped into action to create phony outrage over his remark. (Another BREC4CHANGE email attacks Sutton for making this statement)
On April 28, 2016, Luis Miranda, DNC Communications Director, received an email from Mark Paustenbach, the DNC National Press Secretary. The subject line of his email read:
“Subject: chair wants to do a statement from the DNC denouncing this guy… a gop county chair…”
At the behest of Wasseman-Schultz, the DNC phony outrage machine jumped into action.
Emails showed Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was “pushing for [action on the Sutton remark].” DNC operatives emails showed Wasserman-Schultz’s including picking the order of the quotes to be included in the DNC press release.
“DWS wants them to go out in this order. Tom please send her final copy for her to review with her quote. These are final from Cynthia and Allison.”
On Friday, April 29th, DNC operatives worked on quotes condemning Sutton. But they had trouble finding someone to attribute the quote. A DNC operative told Luis Miranda that nobody was around due to the Passover holiday.
“The FDP [Florida Democratic Party] is closed today; emailed Max [Steele] but he’s probably not around given today is the last day of Passover. I can reach out to the Broward County Chair if you think she would be a good person to attribute the statement to.”
Even though Broward Democrat Chair Cynthia Busch was an afterthought to the DNC, she had already chimed in on the Sutton story. Busch gave a rather mild statement to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel rebuking the comment by Sutton. However, the DNC wordsmiths would eventually craft a nastier statement for Busch calling for Sutton’s resignation.
Team Hillary Wants Subject Dropped
While Debbie Wasseman-Schultz and the DNC gleefully blasted out their response to Bob Sutton’s remarks, it appears the Hillary Clinton campaign wanted to change the subject. On Friday, April 29th, DNC research staffer Jeremy Brinster sent an email documenting Team Hillary’s feelings:
“Research feels like we shouldn’t necessarily double down on this, since it gets into defense of HRC and it dredges up talk about Lewinsky that HFA [Hillary For America] probably doesn’t want to continue to focus on.”
Hmmm, if Chairman Sutton was really a secret agent for her, why would Debbie Wasserman-Schultz gin up the phony outrage machine?
Simply answer: Because Sutton is not an ally of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. He has repeatedly attacked her politics and her policies. Sutton has supported candidates running against her.
But Tarsey and Co. are so close to gaining control of BREC they can taste it. Sutton’s opponents have spread fake news and gossip for months. On Monday night, another anonymous email launched a bigoted attack on a longtime BREC member whose only sin was to say he would never support Tarsey. The member is a well-liked, experienced political veteran of numerous Republican battles against Democrats. He is a grown-up, not some kid with delusions of grandeur.
He dared say he would not stand with Rupert Tarsey.
Tonight, who will stand with Rupert Tarsey and his allies? Who will sit in silence while Rupert Tarsey gets closer to becoming the next Chairman of the Broward Republican Party?
Who will stand up and say “enough?”