The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) has ruled there is no “legal meeting” of the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC) tonight in Plantation. At the August BREC meeting, Vice-Chair Celeste Ellich announced there would be no September meeting due to the Reagan Day Dinner. Over 200 guests attended the dinner this past Saturday in Oakland Park.

Just days after the August meeting, BREC secretary Rupert Tarsey and his “ally” Richard DeNapoli plotted to remove Chairman Bob Sutton. Tarsey, DeNapoli and treasurer Kevin Moot used a vote of no confidence and a motion filed by Joe Kaufman as a pretext to call for a meeting in September. Tarsey and his allies repeatedly claimed Sutton and Ellich had no authority to stop a September vote on Sutton’s removal. Multiple sources tell REDBROWARD that Tarsey and his allies hoped to remove Sutton and replace him with Tarsey during an October election.

Plans changed over the Labor Day weekend when Rupert Tarsey’s criminal past made international headlines. In May 2007, Tarsey, then known as Rupert Ditsworth, attacked a female classmate at the exclusive Harvard-Westlake school in Beverly Hills, California. According to the victim, Tarsey struck her forty times with a claw hammer. When the hammer broke, Tarsey choked her. The seventeen year-old Tarsey was charged, as an adult, with attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to publshed reports, a plea deal was struck. Tarsey received six years probabtion as well as a prolonged stay in a mental health facility.

After news of the attack broke in the Sunshine State News and the London Daily Mail, Rupert Tarsey claimed he acted in self-defense. In an email, “Tarsey also wrote, using capital letters, that ‘EVEN THOUGH I WAS ACTING IN SELF DEFENSE I STILL REGRET WHAT HAPPENED AND FEEL THAT MY ACTIONS WERE UNCALLED FOR.’” Tarsey made the shocking claim his victim was bigger than him.

In the Sun-Sentinel, Richard DeNapoli defended Tarsey. DeNapoli said, “There is a concept I see at work here of ‘Hey, you’re guilty until you’re proven innocent,’ which is contrary to American jurisprudence.”


In a Sunday email, the RPOF Parliamentarian ruled, “The so-called meeting of the BREC announced for Monday 9/25/17 is not a legal meeting and no Republican business can be transacted. The Secretary acted outside the authority of his office in issuing a Call.” Since the Vice Chair announced there would be no meeting in September during the August meeting, the Parliamentarian states any meeting in September would have to be a “special meeting.”

According to the RPOF ruling, a special meeting “may be called by the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman or by a petition of 20% of the membership.” The RPOF states, Tarsey “has no authority, unless the offices of Chairman and Vice Chairman are vacant as defined in the Constitution, to call a meeting.”

Late Sunday night, Joe Kaufman withdrew his motion to remove Chairman Sutton. Despite the illegality of the meeting and the lack of a motion, REDBROWARD has learned Tarsey and DeNapoli still plan to gather at Deicke Auditorium on Monday evening. BREC sources tell REDBROWARD that the City of Plantation, which owns Deicke Auditorium, has been told there is no BREC meeting Monday night. Additionally, BREC told the City it would not be held liable for any costs, fees or losses caused by an illegal gathering.

On Monday, City of Plantation officials confirmed there is no meeting scheduled for Monday night at Deicke Auditorium.

Since Sutton and Ellich will not be in Plantation, Rupert Tarsey would preside over the illegal meeting.

A source claims Tarsey hopes to circulate a petition at the illegal meeting calling for a mid-October meeting to remove Sutton.


Broward Car Salesman Suing Rubio, Cruz Over Eligibility

voeltz2Next month, a Broward judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit questioning Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Marco Rubio’s eligibility to be President of the United States. On March 4th, Circuit Court Judge John Bowman will hear motions to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Michael Voeltz, a Toyota car salesman. Voeltz is suing Cruz, Rubio, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and the Republican Party of Florida. Voeltz alleges Cruz and Rubio should be removed from the Florida Presidential primary ballot because they do not meet the Constitutional requirements to be President.

In his twenty-four page complaint, Voeltz cites the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist Papers and Florida Statutes. Citing Article 2, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, Voeltz, “Asserts that these two candidates are naturalized US citizens, or at the very least, simply fail to comply with the common law Supreme court definition of natural born citizen, and fail to comport with the manadatory-prohibitory self-executing federal provision that ‘no person, except a natural born Citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the ratification of this Constitution, shall be eligible for the office of President.'” Voeltz, a registered Republican, claims his “right to vote will be diluted, debased and desecrated by the presence of Mr. Cruz and Mr. Rubio on the Florida ballot.”

Senator Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother. His Presidential rival, Donald Trump, has attacked Cruz on the eligibility issue for months. However, the inclusion of Senator Rubio in this lawsuit has surprised some observers. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, was clearly born the United States.

Following Rubio’s strong second-place finish in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, Trump focused on the eligibilty issue. On Twitter, Trump shared a post questioning Rubio’s eligibility. Trump backtracked on Sunday, ( telling ABC News, “’it was a retweet — not so much with Marco,’ implying that his concern is with the eligibility of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada to a U.S. citizen mother and is a U.S. citizen.

‘I mean, let people make their own determination,’ Trump said. ‘I honestly have never looked at it. As somebody said, he’s not. And I retweeted it.'”

Senator Cruz has retained David DiPietro, chairman of  the North Broward Hospital District as his attorney. Senator Rubio will be represented by Gabriela Prado of Virginia.


Michael Voeltz makes it clear that he is a registered Republican. Four years ago, Voeltz made it clear he was a registered Democrat when he sued President Barack Obama. Once again, Voeltz claimed Obama was not eligible to be President.

In a statement Voeltz said, “US Code 3 S. 5 stipulates that all ‘election contests,’ properly made, be adjudicated with finality prior to the 6th day before Elector voting day by the state where the challenge occurred. Until Florida rules definitively on this challenge of Obama’s eligibility, its Electors will not receive Section 2 status. If the Florida judiciary does not rule on the meaning of ‘natural born Citizen’, and whether Obama is one, it will break that law (US C. 3 s.5). I have filed a properly made contest, perfectly within the Florida statutes, have standing and a real case and controversy to appeal directly to the SCOTUS before Elector Voting day.”

Michael Voeltz
Michael Voeltz

Petrocelli’s Questionable Move Embarrasses Local GOP Leaders


Broward GOP Chairman Rico Petrocelli’s attempt to place a non-BREC member on an important congressional district committee embarrassed local GOP leaders including the co-chair of the Republican National Committee. The move came at last weekend’s Republican Party Of Florida meetings in Orlando. Petrocelli, members of the new BREC board, State Committeeman Ryan Anderson and RNC co-Chair Sharon Day made up the Broward delegation. One of the major items on the agenda was elections to fill congressional district committees across Florida. Local party chairs and state committee persons can nominate individuals from their counties.

A printed list of Petrocelli’s nominations was circulated before the meeting began. However, once the proceedings began it was clear Petrocelli planned to abandon his list. First, he nominated Michael DeGruccio, the polarizing former secretary of the Broward GOP. State Committeeman Anderson nominated longtime committeeman Chad Lincoln to challenge DeGruccio. A vote by the RPOF leadership handed Lincoln a decisive victory over DeGruccio.

According to several insiders the real fun was about to begin. For the next opening, Petrocelli nominated an individual who was not even a member of the Broward GOP. In fact, this person no longer resides in Broward county. Petrocelli never disclosed this information. Only after the votes were taken did it become public knowledge. The nominee admitted to presenting BREC membership paperwork that very morning. The RPOF was forced to table the vote until the next quarterly meeting. Witnesses say Sharon Day was incensed that Petrocelli allowed Broward’s “dirty laundry” to be aired in front of the entire RPOF.

Why Petrocelli would pull such a questionable maneuver at his first RPOF meeting as Broward GOP chairman.? Some insiders speculate Petrocelli was attempting to curry favor with Florida Governor Rick Scott. The nominee in question has close ties to the Governor’s office. Petrocelli currently serves as chairman of the Broward County Housing Authority. Nominated by Charlie Crist in 2009, Petrocelli’s term ends this year. Petrocelli, a Crist loyalist, would need to be re-nominated by Governor Scott.

Others wonder if Petrocelli has come under the influence of DeGruccio. A longtime Broward Republican volunteer, DeGruccio did not seek re-election as party secretary after it became clear he had lost the support of many party activists. These activists were upset by DeGruccio’s actions during the November elections.

First, DeGruccio decided to ignore the Broward GOP endorsement of school board candidate Rochelle Solomon by issuing his our written endorsement of her opponent Abby Freedman. Ms. Freedman, a close political ally of Democrat Sheriff Candidate Scott Israel, used DeGruccio’s letter to convince voters that she had the support of the Broward GOP. Freedman ended up defeating Solomon and Israel beat Republican Sheriff Al Lamberti.

Then, during early voting, pictures surfaced of DeGruccio hanging out at a polling place with a militant Democrat activist. The photograph of DeGruccio and Michael Rajner was featured on Buddy Nevins’ Ranjer was behind the August 2011 boycott of Congressman Allen West. Earlier this year, Rajner revealed personal information regarding a member of State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff’s family.

Despite the outrage from grassroots Republican activists, Petrocelli named DeGruccio his “Director of Party Development.” The duties of this newly-created position have not been made public. It is unclear if this is a paid position.

After returning late Saturday night from Orlando, Petrocelli took to Facebook to thank DeGruccio for his “knowledge and contacts.” While he did thank Sharon Day for her “help”, Petrocelli never mentioned his fellow BREC board members.

This is the latest misstep in Petrocelli’s one-month reign as Broward GOP chairman. RED BROWARD previously reported on Petrocelli’s controversial plan to hold as few as six BREC meetings in 2013.

Maybe “the Chairmen” were on to something?