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It’s Official: Jacksonville To Host Republican National Convention

It’s official. The 2020 Republican National Convention is coming to Florida. Jacksonville will host the re-nomination of Florida’s most famous resident, Donald J. Trump. Book your room now.

Statement By RPOF Chairman Joe Gruters:

“The Republican Party of Florida is delighted that Jacksonville will host the Republican National Convention. The energy and excitement is already building in the Sunshine State for the opportunity to celebrate President Donald J. Trump delivering his acceptance speech.

“The convention will bring visitors and attendees from all across the country to Jacksonville, a beautiful Florida city on the Atlantic Ocean offering hotel space, top-notch convention facilities, beautiful weather, beaches and a lot of Republicans — just an overall outstanding venue. There is no better place to host the Republican National Convention than in the nation’s largest swing state that is also home to President Trump and to the country’s best Governor, Ron DeSantis.

“We thank Governor DeSantis and Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez for all their hard work over the last few months in navigating through the COVID-19 outbreak and safely leading the state back to work — which set the stage so perfectly for this opportunity. We also applaud Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, former Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, for stepping in quickly and effectively to offer conventioneers the best that Jacksonville has to offer.

“We are particularly grateful to Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel for her leadership and tireless efforts under such difficult circumstances and compressed timeline and we would also like to thank the RNC’s Executive Committee for bringing the 2020 Republican National Convention to Jacksonville. We are thrilled Florida was selected and we will not let them down.

“Florida is committed to holding a safe, secure and successful event and we look forward to delivering the 29 electoral votes that the President needs to win the election.”




On Monday evening, the monthly Broward GOP meeting turned into a scene right out of Perry Mason or Law & Order. In front of several hundred Broward Republican activists, Nezar Hamze admitted that Javier Manjarres of The Shark Tank blog “encouraged” him to join the Broward GOP.

Mr. Hamze, executive director of CAIR South Florida, is an outspoken critic of Congressman Allen West and U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner. He submitted an application to join the Broward Republican Executive Committee. The application asks:

Whom may we thank for referring you.

BREC Vice Chair Collen Stolberg read aloud the names on Hamze’s application. One of those names was Javier Manjarres. Mr. Manjarres, an alternate committeeman and editor of The Shark Tank blog, rushed to the front of the room to deny he recommended Hamze. BREC Chairman Richard DeNapoli ask Stolberg to read the form again. She read the same names.

Then, in front of the entire audience, Hamze told Manjarres, “you’re the one that told me you believed in freedom of religion, and that I should join the BREC.”

After his role in this publicity stunt was exposed, Manjarres returned to his seat amid considerable boos and jeers from the audience.

The Committee held a vote by secret ballot on Hamze’s application for membership. De Napoli announced Hamze had been denied membership by a vote of 158 to 11.

In a videotaped interview following the meeting, Mr. Hamze told REDBROWARD.COM that Javier Manjarres did in fact “encourage” him to join the Broward GOP. Unhappy with the information going public, Mr. Manjarres chased the REDBROWARD reporter around the meeting room with his video camera. Later, in a quote in The Miami Herald, Mr. Manjarres stated, “It was a set up.”

Manjarres and Hamze have had extensive contact. Hamze’s attempt to join the Broward GOP has been the subject of numerous Shark Tank stories:

From Sept 2, 2011- “UPDATE- The Islamic Republican Club Coming To Broward County?
From Sept 12, 2011- ” Islamic Republican Club Inches Closer to Existence (UPDATE)
From Sept 15, 2011- “CAIR DIRECTOR HAMZE To Join Republican Club, Denounces Penal Aspect Of Shariah Law-Part 1
From Sept 17, 2011- “CAIR FL Director To Support Allen West’s Re-Election?
To prove Hamze’s application had been received by the Broward GOP, Manjarres produced U.S POST OFFICE tracking information provided by Hamze.

Also, Mr. Hamze appeared in previous Shark Tank stories regarding Congressman Allen West:

From February 19. 2011- “CAIR’s South Florida Chapter Executive Director Goes On The Record
From February 19, 2011- “CAIR Director Questions Allen West’s Knowledge Of Islam (VIDEO)
From February 21, 2011- “Allen West Confronted By Koran Wielding CAIR Executive (VIDEO)

Hamze and members of CAIR conducted frequent protests at Congressman Allen West events and town hall meetings. Manjarres and his Shark Tank associates were on hand to capture these publicity stunts

The interview below was conducted after the meeting was adjourned.