“Praetorian” Guard? Published Report Ties Broward Republican Party Leaders To Campaign E-Mail Scandal

According to a bombshell report, Broward Republican Party leaders are accused of selling access to e-mail lists to Broward Democrat candidates. On Monday, Javier Manjarres of the Shark Tank reported an official grievance was filed with the Republican Party Of Florida (RPOF). He wrote, “The grievance alleges that these three individuals broke ‘for violations of the Loyalty Oaths and for conduct that is conflict with their role as a BREC member/office’ by selling Republicans lists (most likely to include the BREC membership list) to Democrats.”

While Manjarres redacted the names in the grievance, it appears as though it was filed against State Committeeman Richard DeNapoli, Party Secretary Rupert Tarsey and member Michael J. Kane. Last year, REDBROWARD exposed Kane’s role in the plot to remove then-Chairman Robert Sutton.

CITIZEN KANE

In an October 2017 telephone call, the 20 year old Kane admitted his motion to remove Chairman Robert Sutton was based on rumors he heard from members of the board and disgruntled former members. Kane had just joined the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC) in August 2017. During Rupert Tarsey’s illegal meeting on September 25, 2017 in Plantation, Kane recited a littany of issues to the 70 or so members who attended the gathering at Deicke Auditorium.

Kane claimed he “knew” Chairman Sutton since the 2016 election. When asked to be more specific, Kane told REDBROWARD he did not “know” Sutton but he probably met him “one or two times.”

In an email sent to select BREC members, Kane signed his motion as “former RPOF staffer.” A high-level Republican Party of Florida official said Kane was never an RPOF staffer. The source said Kane was a field operative during the 2016 election. Kane admitted his was not a staffer and said he was not trying to mislead BREC members. “I was still paid,” Kane said.

Kane accused Chairman Sutton of not making palm cards available during early voting. He said, “We did not have voter cards at the early voting sites….” When told there were BREC voting cards distributed at early voting, Kane admitted he never visited a single early voting location in Broward County. He spent the time knocking on doors in Palm Beach County.

When asked who told him about the voter cards, robocalls and mailers, Kane revealed his source for this information was Dolly Rump, the disgruntled former BREC secretary. According to sources, Ms. Rump, formerly a local operative for the Trump campaign, was overwhelmed with the basic duties of the secretary position and resigned.

Kane said BREC treasurer Kevin Moot revealed financial information to him about the recent Reagan Day Dinner. Kane said Moot was the source of his claim that the BREC treasurer and secretary had been “defamed.” Kane said he knew Kevin Moot through their membership in the Catholic Knights of Columbus group.

Michael Kane said he met Rupert Tarsey through the Knights of Columbus Council at St. Anthony’s Church in Fort Lauderdale. Kane said he serves as the financial secretary for the group under the leadership of the Grand Knight, Rupert Tarsey.

In his motion, Kane repeated a dubious claim that 70% of BREC Club presidents supported Sutton’s removal. When asked to name the clubs, Kane admitted he was unable to do so. Kane also admitted he did not know any of the Club presidents. “I might have met the Coral Springs guy at Wings Plus,” Kane said.

When asked who told him that 70% of club presidents did not support Sutton, Kane said, “Rupert Tarsey.”

PRAETORIAN GUARD?

While the Shark Tank report included a redacted e-mail solicitation sent to a local candidate, REDBROWARD was able to review a copy of the original document. The e-mail was sent from Mike Kane (michaelkane@gmail.com) to a Broward judicial candidate on July 27, 2018. The subject line of the e-mail reads, “Re: Republican lists.” Broward Republican State Committeeman Richard DeNapoli is cc’ed on the e-mail:

We can correspond on this email address, it’s a shared address. First of all, noticed you are in [Knights Of Columbus] assembly 157. Didn’t realize that when we chatted, we are in the same council and I was the [Grand Knight] of my regular council.

Spoke with Richard, the State Committeeman who has the big list, he said 500 is good. Write up what you want us to send out and we will send it out to our 50k list multiple times. I’m sure you have already crafted a standard promo e-mail. That would work. It’s a mostly republican list but not exclusively. I don’t think you can anyways but I wouldn’t put anything partisan. Also, we will probably make an email address for you to send it out on.

Check payable to ‘praetorian consulting.’ Address to be mailed to–6725 NW 122nd Ave parkland FL 33076

Send me what to send out, confirm check has been mailed and we are good!

Separately, if you win, please give us future business!

Also if you know of another candidate in another race interested let me know.”

REDBROWARD wanted to ask Michael Kane about this e-mail. Attempts to reach Kane by telephone were unsuccessful. Even though Kane assisted these BREC leaders last year, it’s unclear if he authored this solicitation.

The author mentions he was the grand knight of the Knights of Columbus. Rupert Tarsey was the grand knight, not Michael Kane. Also, Kane used a different e-mail address to register to vote and join BREC. Did he create this “shared” e-mail account?

According to Broward property records, the address for “Praetorian Consulting” in the e-mail is actually the home address of Rupert Tarsey.

Where Is Praetorian Consulting Based?

In his October 2018 campaign treasurer’s report, Plantation City Council candidate Rico Petrocelli listed an expenditure to Praetorian Consulting for campaign texts. Petrocelli, a former BREC chair & state committeeman, is a close ally of Richard DeNapoli. Petrocelli listed the address for Praetorian Consulting as 255 Alhambra Circle in Coral Gables.

According to multiple records, Richard DeNapoli is employed by Coral Gables Trust located at 255 Alhambra Circle Suite 333 in Coral Gables.

REDBROWARD reached out to DeNapoli to ask if this is a coincidence. He has yet to respond.

Last week, DeNapoli announced his application to be named as Brenda Snipes’ replacement as the Broward Supervisor of Elections. Shouldn’t Broward Republicans and Governor-elect Ron DeSantis get answers about Praetorian Consulting before he gets control of the ballot boxes?

Stay tuned…

Broward County Airport Vendor & Dale Holness Supporter Paid For Controversial “Diversity” Sign At Polls

Campaign signs featuring the photographs of four Broward judicial candidates was paid for by the operator of restaurants at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. The large signs featured Haccord James Curry, Stefanie Camille Moon, Tanner Channing Demmery and Jackie Powell under the headline “Diversity.” Moon and Powell won their elections to the Broward bench on Tuesday. Curry and Demmery lost badly. A small disclaimer states the signs were paid for by Tyrone Nabbie of Windmere, Florida.

The address on the disclaimer is shared by Superior Hospitality Group, an Orlando-area food service company. State business records show Superior Hospitality Group is owned by Tyrone Nabbie. In 2015, the Sun-Sentinel reported Superior Hospitality Group opened new restaurants at the airport:

Concession operator Delaware North and its partner Superior Hospitality Group plan to invest more than $21 million in new food and beverage venues in Terminals 3 and 4, where it holds the restaurant contract.”

Contracts for concessions at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport are awarded by the Broward County Commission.

In 2015, Campaign finance records show Superior Hospitality and its restaurants gave thousands of dollars to the re-election of County Commissioner Dale Holness. In May 2018, the County-Sponsored “Broward Means Biz” conference presented an award to Nabbie.

A BETTER FLORIDA FOR ALL SCANDAL

Last week, REDBROWARD reported on the controversy surrounding the inclusion these four Broward judicial candidates on an illegal endorsement card. The partisan card was produced by A Better Florida For All, a political committee with deep ties to Dale Holness. Omar Smith, the treasurer of the committee, owns FlyerSmith. Campaign records show FlyerSmith has done extensive work for Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness. For his 2016 re-election campaign, Dale Holness paid Flyer Smith $15,161 for marketing, flyers, IT services and consulting. Judicial candidates are barred from appearing on partisan campaign literature. When the State of Florida revoked authorization for the committee, a Broward Judge ordered the removal of the card from early voting locations.

Then, a stunning undercover expose by Project Veritas Action featured Omar Smith disparaging Florida voters. Smith called Florida a “cracker” state. He said Andrew Gillum was telling voters a “fairy tale” to win their votes.

The video and a follow up interview were recorded at Dale Holness’ real estate office.

DECLINE TO COMMENT

REDBROWARD contacted Tyrone Nabbie at his Orlando offices on Wednesday. Nabbie admitted to paying for the signs. When asked why, Nabbie claimed he wanted to be involved in the community. When asked if he discussed the signs with Dale Holness or Omar Smith, Nabbie said, “I have to decline comment.”

This appears to be the second time Dale Holness reached out for political help from someone doing business with County.

In September, REDBROWARD exposed how Dale Holness hosted an Andrew Gillum fundraiser at a building the County might purchase.

According to Broward property records, the building sold for $11.525 million in July 2018 to Spectrum Investors LLC. According to State of Florida records, Spectrum Investors LLC is managed by Sheldon Gross of Palm Beach.

In August 2018, The Sun-Sentinel reported Broward County Commissioners were looking for a new home for the Broward County Property Appraisers Office and the Broward Supervisor Of Elections Office. Located near highways and public transportation lines, the new building has a cafeteria, a hurricane-proof data storage bunker and room for a warehouse. Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness said the building has a “real nice gym.”

The price tag for the sprawling new government campus is $24 million taxpayer dollars.

This building is the same one owned by Gross at 2050 Spectrum Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

Even though he bought the building for less than half that amount just three months ago, Sheldon Gross claims the $24 million dollar price is competitive for the area.

Undercover Video Of Andrew Gillum Campaign Staffer Omar Smith Recorded At Dale Holness’ Office

https://youtu.be/_Y9FaXcJsSg

Undercover video of Andrew Gillum campaign staffer Omar Smith appears to have been recorded at the real estate office of Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness. The Project Veritas video shows Smith calling Florida a “cracker state” and telling a journalist about the need to hide the truth from voters. In January, REDBROWARD exposed the ties between Omar Smith, his company FlyerSmith and his A Better Florida For All committee to Dale Holness.

In September, REDBROWARD interviewed Omar Smith after an Andrew Gillum rally at Dale Holness’ business office in Plantation. Smith did not want to appear on camera.

On Thursday morning, James O’Keefe of Project Vertias posted video of his crew talking about the undercover video with Smith outside Holness’ office. Once again, Smith made it clear he did not want to appear on camera.

While some Gillum supporters have claimed Omar Smith does not work for the campaign, financial records say otherwise. According to Florida Division of Elections records, the Andrew Gillum campaign paid Smith’s company, FlyerSmith, $50,000 in August 2018.

Omar Smith made local headlines earlier this month when questions were raised about the A Better Florida For All palm card featuring local judicial candidates.