Big crowd at Deicke Auditorium in Plantation for tonight’s Broward Democratic Executive Committee elections. Should be fun
Hold onto your hats and wigs: A prominent local blogger is no fan of Broward Republican Executive Committee chairman Richard DeNapoli. The blogger happens to be an alternate BREC committeeman.
I’ve come to realize that RED BROWARD is on the blogger’s naughty list as well. Last December, Red Broward reported on erroneous allegations, made by the local blogger, that BREC failed to file financial reports with the Supervisor of Elections Office.
The blogger chose to attack me for reporting the facts; His supporters aggressively attempted to tie me to DeNapoli’s campaign for BREC chairman. For the first time, Red Broward can reveal that we promised to support to BREC candidate Jay Narang. We proudly stand by our coverage of the BREC elections as informative and unbiased.
As proud and loyal Republicans, we chose to support our new chairman. Our true opponents are progressive liberals and their allies, not fellow Republicans, Conservatives, and Independents.
At the January 28. 2011 BREC meeting, DeNapoli announced that NO UNAUTHORIZED RECORDING of meetings would be allowed. Also announced was fact that BREC retained the services of a videographer and videos would be posted online. DeNapoli stated policy enacted due to complaints of BREC members and hotel guests.
DeNapoli stated that part of the meeting would be closed to public in order to allow open discussion of issues among committee members.
The local blogger refused to stop recording the proceedings. He posted video of his interaction with BREC security. He was repeatedly told he could attend meeting, but could not record the meeting.
The blogger wrote the following on February 1, 2011:
“I then noticed that another local blogger was allowed to remain in the room with his camera- a blogger who writes for the Red Broward blog.”
In a February 7, 2011 letter to RPOF chairmain David Bitner, the blogger said this:
“I objected, on the grounds that three or four others persons, his girlfriend included, were also wielding cameras. He had the Sergeant-at-Arms expel me. This causes a great deal of commotion as I tried to ask him why I alone would not be allowed to videotape.”
Did I have a video camera? Yep, I sure did. It stayed in turned off in my camera bag during the entire meeting. Not once did I attempt to “wield” it. I am a BREC member. I follow the rules. I would have loved to have a cold beer and easy chair too. But I bet that wouldn’t be allowed either. I did not see anyone else attempt to record the proceedings.
At the BREC meeting, there was time for members to make motions. The local blogger made no motion. At the BREC meeting, there was time for members to make public comments. The local blogger made no comments.
I have no problem with someone bitching about BREC leadership; heck it’s a tradition in Broward county. I have no problem with someone contacting the Sun-Sentinel or Buddy Nevins. I have no problem with someone writing a letter to David Bitner.
But I do have a problem when someone cannot get the facts straight.
Especially when someone prefers to attack fellow Republicans instead of progressives, liberals and Democrats.
RED BROWARD has finally heard from Plantation Mayoral candidate R. Warren Meddoff in a series of late-night and early morning emails.
“I received the letter from the Archbishop that you have in your possession. In his signed letter he stated, ‘This document should prove helpful to you in your efforts to “combat the forces of evil” as you seek public office.’ The day the signed letter from the Archbishop was received, I attempted to contact the Msgr of the local parish. The request was followed up three days later and the Parish secretary asked me to leave a message on the Msgr’s voice mail in addition to her taking the message. I did not receive any reply to any of these requests. Legal council has advised me that the Archbishop’s signed letter constituted permission. I do not view it as an endorsement, but rather as a personal blessing in accordance with my request for the same to him.”
“I will contact Mary Rose Agosta in the morning. I shall insure that she has copies of both letters and the emails to Msgr. Fogarty. I will then allow her to remove her foot from her mouth.”
“I am not Catholic.”
“You are, in my opinion, an individual working to assist Diane Bendekovic in her efforts to win the position of Mayor.”
“I believe that you support Ms. Bendekovic because one of her primary supporters, Buddy Nevins, has utilized blogs to attack me in the manner that you do, since I declared my candidacy and your efforts only support her as Mitch Ceaser is rallying Democratic support utilizing them.”
“My mission is to win the Mayorship of Plantation as the best qualified candidate to administer the City, honestly and fiscally responsibly.”
“I contacted Msgr Fogarty with the mistaken belief that as a man of God, he would be interested in ridding the City of corruption, nepotism and the arrogance of the progressive leftist that control it. As a courtesy to the local parish of St Gregory the Great, I felt that communication with their spiritual leader, the Archbishop, would be important to them. Again, I was mistaken. It has only now become important because of my quoting the Archbishop’s personal communication to me. The fact that it was a personal communication made directly to me, legally gives me the right to utilize it and reproduce it as I see fit to do.”
‘I am running for Mayor, it is my intention to win votes where ever there are large, motivated, blocks of voters. I do not feel that Ms. Bendekovic is qualified to be anything other than a figurehead Mayor. She has no practical experience in finance or administration and in my opinion has aligned herself with some truly evil people. I became a member of the Green Party after my experience within the beltway in Washington during my involvement with the Thompson hearings. I found little practical difference between either the Democratic or Republican parties. I am familiar with the Catholic church’s policy and rationals. However, they do bless good, fight evil and I have found them to do commendable humanitarian works throughout the world. The Catholic churches philosophy about the environment matches my own.”