Broward GOP Chair Candidate’s Social Media #EPICFAIL

cooleyLauren Cooley, a 23 year old Fort Lauderdale musician, thinks her social media prowess makes her the logical choice to be the next chair of the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC). In a weekend email to Broward Republicans, Cooley claimed she has a, “Personal social media reach of over a quarter-million on Twitter each month.” The claim sounds impressive, but a review of Cooley’s social media accounts and her personal website shows she barely mentions the Broward Republican Party.

In her email, Cooley boasted she had 26,000 Twitter followers. On Twitter, your followers receive messages you send via the social media application. On October 13, Cooley announced her campaign for BREC chair. Since then, Cooley has sent out just 28 tweets. Only one, a Sun-Sentinel article, mentioned the Broward Republican party. Only two more tweets were even related to Broward county.

The rest of Cooley’s tweets mentioned the Democratic Party debates, promoting Lifezette, Starbucks, lousy customer service at FEDEX, the Women Impacting the Nation (WIN) meeting in Palm Beach, Happy “Back To The Future Day,” and Donald Trump’s visit to Doral.

Not even a lousy tweet to attend tonight’s BREC election in Plantation.

Perhaps Cooley realizes the vast majority of her Twitter followers do not know what “Broward” means. A review of her followers shows hundreds and hundreds of fake Twitter accounts and accounts used to buy Twitter followers.

Among Cooley’s fake Twitter followers: Amar Singh from “sector 24 Faridabad,” Kahikilani Grant, Calefornya Girls, Vibes With BAE, Sarowar Parvej, Gilgamesh Nabeel, 145,000+, MrzPeachezPleasurez and Mr. Puppy. It’s safe bet most of these folks are not BREC members. At least not yet.

Cooley’s personal website, laurencooley.com, has no mentions of her BREC campaign. No mention on the “home” tab. No mention on the “about Lauren” tab. No mention on the “journalism” tab. No mention on the “speaking” tab. No mention on the “consulting,” “CV/resume,” or “contact” tabs.

BREC doesn’t get much love on Cooley’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Cooley announced her BREC campaign on both social media accounts on October 13. Since the announcement, Cooley has posted pictures just 3 times on Instagram: a picture at Starbucks, a picture promoting the Palm Beach WIN meeting and a picture of bacon and eggs. Cooley has just 313 followers on Instagram.

On Facebook, Cooley has made 14 posts since her October 13th announcement. She posted her bacon and eggs picture, a Lifezette article she authored, a WIN meeting post, 7 posts regarding Leadership Institute activities at FAU and the University of Miami and a post from the Donald Trump rally in Doral.

Cooley did post the recent Sun-Sentinel article on the BREC election.

Despite touting herself as a millennial social media guru, Cooley’s social media accounts seem better suited to an 80 year-old BREC member.

Too much self promotion, Not enough action. BREC needs better.

Broward Republicans Tied To Democrat “Good Ol Boy” NetworkPushing Young Broward GOP Chair Candidate

 

Steve Geller, on left, with Mike Rump last month
 Members of the Broward Republican Party with ties to former State Sen. Steve Geller (D-Cooper City) and the controversial Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Miramar) appear to be the driving forces behind the candidacy of 23 year old musician Lauren C. Cooley. Even though Cooley has only been a member of the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC) for a handful of months, she has the backing of Mike Rump, president of the Republican Business Network (RBN), his wife Dolly Rump, Karin Hoffman and lobbyist Ryan Reiter. Both Rump and Hoffman had failed bids to lead BREC.

Today, Rump sent an email claiming “BREC Chair Candidates Smacked With ‘Good Ol Boy Politics’ & Unfair Election.” Oddly enough, Rump touts Eugene “Gene” Robinson’s endorsement of Cooley. REDBROWARD reports exposing Robinson’s improper fundraising activities culminated in his quitting the race on Friday. 

Rump claims Cooley won an exit poll at Wednesday’s debate hosted by the RBN. Several attendees claim no more than 30 people attended the debate in Coral Springs. 

Rump complains that Cooley does not have access to the BREC membership list. This complaint is a common refrain of losing BREC candidates. 

The unintentionally hilarious part of email is claims that a “good Ol boy” network is backing Cooley’s opponents. 

Rump is well acquainted with one of Broward’s top good Ol boys, Steve Geller. Rump is president of the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjustors (FAPIA). Geller is the lobbyist for FAPIA. Rump’s Facebook page is filled with pictures with Geller. Some wonder if Rump will support Republican Chuck Lanza’s bid for the Broward County Commission District 5 seat. Lanza is running against Steve Geller.

Yesterday, Dolly Rump claimed Acting Chairman Robert Sutton had “threatened” Cooley if she didn’t withdraw from the race. Sutton vehemently denied it. In a conversation with REDBROWARD, Cooley said there was no threat whatsoever.

Another behind the scenes backer of Cooley’s campaign is Ryan Reiter. Now a lobbyist, Reiter spent the last two years pushing the Children’s Services Council on Broward taxpayers. The group, a favorite of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, will continue to collect tax dollars and send them to groups such as Hispanic Unity, a local affiliate of La Raza. 

In a recent newspaper article, Reiter said his mentor is Judge Ari Porth, a former Democrat legislator. Also, even though he leads the local Young Republican club, Reiter is chummy with Congressman Alcee Hastings and other local Democrats. In fact, Reiter was the longtime roommate of Coral Springs Commissioner Dan Daley. He recently left the GOP to join the Democrat party. 

Both Rump can been seen on Facebook promoting Cooley’s campaign. 

Reiter and Hoffman are members of Jeb Bush’s Broward campaign team.

Next: What will IRS say if Lauren Cooley wins BREC election?

Update: earlier version stated Rump was a supporter of Jeb Bush. Mrs. Rump says they do not like Jeb Bush. We regret the error. 

Congressman Alcee Hastings, center with Ryan Reiter on right
 

Broward GOP Chair Candidate Received $5K From High School Boosters For Stadium That Was Never Built

Broward Republican Party chair candidate Eugene “Gene” Robinson received a $5000 payment for fundraising work for a high school stadium that was never built. On Wednesday, Robinson told REDBROWARD he had never received any money as a “professional fundraiser.” Florida law requires anyone who solicits funds to be registered with the State Department of Agriculture. Failure to register can result in civil and criminal penalities. Robinson admitted he was not a registered fundraiser.

Following the publication of the REDBROWARD story, Robinson told a Republican group he was a “volunteer” fundraiser.

Now, multiple sources confirm Robinson received $5000 from  J.P. Taravella High School Boosters for his help raising money to fund an on-campus football stadium. Robinson promised boosters he could replicate the work he performed to help build a stadium at Stoneman Douglas High School in Coral Springs.

REDBROWARD obtained a copy of the resume Robinson sent to Broward School District officials. Robinson wrote, “The [Taravella] campaign will involve bringing in between $800,000 and $1.2 million for a stadium, lighting, and a scoreboard. When I finish that phase of the campaign, I will raise the $600,000 necessary to install an artificial playing surface in the Taravella stadium.”

The Taravella stadium was never built.

UPDATE: According to the Sun-Sentinel, Robinson has pulled out of the Broward GOP race.