Republican State Committeeman Richard DeNapoli spent Tuesday night trying to convince party faithful that the Broward GOP leadership was “RINO”-free. DeNapoli’s declaration was met with resounding boos and even cries of “liar” from the crowd at a Pompano Beach restaurant. “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) is a pejorative term used against less-than-conservative Republicans. REDBROWARD posted the exclusive video of DeNapoli at a Tuesday Jews For Trump event.
After video was shared among party activists, DeNapoli tried to do damage control. DeNapoli posted a post-midnight screed in an obscure online chat group where he called attacks on him “fake news.” On Facebook, DeNapoli was quick to scold party members who shared negative stories about him. DeNapoli told one Republican woman, “Why would you post that fake news garbage?”
DeNapoli has fought off the RINO tag since he was accused of supporting Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio in the US Senate race.
In 2018, REDBROWARD reported on a series of issues which called into question DeNapoli’s claim to be a staunch conservative. On Tuesday, DeNapoli claimed he was “America First before it was cool to be America First.”
Our original 2018 is below. We report, you decide.
Broward Republican Party Official Richard DeNapoli was booed Tuesday evening at a local Donald Trump event in Pompano Beach. DeNapoli, who serves as the elected State Committeeman, was called a “liar” multiple times when he told the crowd there were no “RINOS” in the Broward Republican Party leadership. The term RINO, which stands for “Republican In Name Only,” is used against leaders who worked to oppose conservative causes.
DeNapoli was attending a Jews For Trump event at Galuppis Restaurant. DeNapoli said it was the “honor of his life” to serve as the emcee of a Boca Raton Trump event in 2016.
DeNapoli said he was, “America First, before it was cool.” From the sound of the booing, the crowd was not impressed.