Plantation—A near-capacity crowd of more than 30 Republican activists from Plantation, Sunrise, Sunrise Lakes, Coral Springs and Hallandale attended the first meeting of the Republican Club of Central Broward. The diverse group included a Plantation resident since 1966 and even a newborn baby (gotta start ’em young in Broward).
RCCB Chairman Walter “Marty” Hughes set the tone for the new club. The RCCB is a grassroots organization with a simple goal: provide the membership with tools to help elect Republican candidates in Broward county. The group gave a hero’s welcome to former Plantation councilman Jerry Fadgen. Mr. Fadgen thanked many in the group for helping his mayoral campaign. Saying he was too young to retire, Fadgen promised to be back in the game.
Broward Republican Executive Committe Chairman Richard DeNapoli was on hand to welcome the new club and it’s membership. DeNapoli gave important insight on the redistricting battle, Presidency 5, The Grand Old Party BBQ with Allen West and The RNC Convention in Tampa. DeNapoli said Broward is an important firewall that can keep Barack Obama and Bill Nelson from winning Florida in 2012.
Group members were given an opportunity to speak about issues which concern them most. Many of the members had harsh words for corruption at the School Board of Broward County. The fact the corruption is resonating with grassroots voters has to be troubling news for Broward School Board Member Maureen Dinnen. Ms. Dinnen is up for re-election in 2012; Most of her district is in Plantation.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz(D-Out Of Touch) was mentioned by a member or two as well. Many of the women did not appreciate her harsh tone and over-the-top rhetoric. (And no one called her names or said a mom couldn’t work outside the home or a woman can’t hold two jobs). Wasserman Schultz’s district includes part of Plantation.
When someone expressed dismay with a certain element of the Tea Party movement, many in the group were quick to say every group has problems; Chairman Hughes reminded everyone the left has quite a few bad apples.
Meetings will held on the second Tuesday of each month at Plantation’s Kennedy Community Center, 5555 Palm Tree Road Plantation, FL 33317-2600
Chairman Hughes said the group FACEBOOK page and website will be up and running soon.