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Fort Lauderdale Mayoral Candidate Kenneth Cooper Switches Political Parties (AGAIN)

Photo from July 2020 Republican candidate meeting in Fort Lauderdale. Kenneth Cooper, standing, with Americans For Trump (AFT) leader Scott Newmark, to his his left, and former Broward Republican Party Chairman Robert Sutton to his right.

A politician switching parties to win an election is the very first lesson in the Broward political playbook. Plenty of South Florida Democrats won their elections after spending years as loyal Republicans (see Stark,Rick). But when it comes to switching parties, Fort Lauderdale Mayoral candidate Kenneth Cooper is the all-time champ.

Three years ago, REDBROWARD revealed how Commissioner Bruce Roberts left the Republican Party when he ran for mayor against Dean Trantalis a longtime Democrat. Roberts’ move failed to impress Democrat voters and fellow Republicans felt snubbed over the blatant political maneuver.

Now, Kenneth Cooper is the sole challenger of Mayor Dean Trantalis.

Cooper used to be a Democrat.

In 1992, Kenneth Cooper ran against Congressman Alcee Hastings in the Democrat primary. Cooper lost.

In 1996, Democrat Kenneth Cooper was badly beaten by Congressman E. Clay Shaw, a Republican Party stalwart.

In 1998, Democrat Kenneth Cooper lost another race, this time a FL State House race to Democrat Tim Ryan.

After his third drubbing as a Democrat, Kenneth Cooper joined the Republican Party.

In 2003, Republican Kenneth Cooper ran in a special election for a Florida State House seat. Cooper told the Sun-Sentinel, he was “the most moderate Republican in the group” of candidates in the race. Cooper lost to Ellyn Bogdanoff.

If voters checked open sourced voter information, Kenneth Cooper is a member of the Republican Party.

But, according to State of Florida voter registration records, Kenneth Cooper is back to being a Democrat.

A Fort Lauderdale political operative tells REDBROWARD the Cooper campaign expenditure likely covers use of the NGP VAN system. According to POLITICO:

Nearly every Democratic campaign across the U.S. uses NGP VAN in some fashion, though critics say that’s due in some part to the fact that the DNC and state Democratic parties force candidates do so as part of the package of receiving party support. The arrangement leaves it up to the Democratic Party to decide which campaigns get access to the software, giving it an enormous gatekeeping power….”

The Fort Lauderdale operative told us only Democrats can use NGP VAN.

Did Kenneth Cooper really switch parties over a voter information database?

Did Kenneth Cooper could pull the Charlie Crist “The Party Left Me” excuse. Perhaps Kenneth Cooper is no fan of President Trump.

A representative for the campaign told REDBROWARD Cooper switched parties online a few months ago. Cooper could not remember the exact date.

Yet, in July, Kenneth Cooper attended two events with local Republican leaders including the head of the Americans For Trump (AFT) organization in Broward. Cooper even attended a socially-distanced AFT dinner at the Signature Grand in Davie.

Will Democrats welcome Cooper back with open arms after attending paid Trump club events? Will Trump supporters vote for someone who abandoned the party right before a big election?

Fort Lauderdale will find out this November.

From Kenneth Cooper campaign treasurer’s report

Conservative Leader Tells Pembroke Pines Voters They Can Trust Angelo Castillo, Mark O’Loughlin

Robert Sutton Endorses Angelo Castillo

The chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus in Broward endorses Angelo Castillo for Pembroke Pines Mayor and Mark O’Loughlin for Pembroke Pines Commission. Robert Sutton, the former chairman of the Broward Republican Party, weighed in on the non-partisan race telling voters they can trust both men to protect residents, grow the local economy and act with fiscal responsibility.

Republican H. Wayne Clark Announces Campaign For Broward Sheriff

Plantation resident H. Wayne Clark announced his bid to be the next Broward Sheriff on Wednesday. Clark, an attorney, made his announcement outside BSO headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. Clark is the only announced Republican candidate for the office.