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Broward Republican Party Chairman Delivers Christmas Message

A Christmas greeting from Broward Republican Party Chairman Robert Sutton and family.

Miami-Dade GOP Sending Emails On Behalf Of Broward GOP Chair Candidate?

Broward Republicans are receiving emails from the Miami-Dade Republican Party pushing the candidacy of 23 year old musician Lauren Cooley. Last week, REDBROWARD reported Cooley complained she did not have emails for all members of the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC). Even though she’s been a BREC member for a handful of months, Cooley has the support of Broward Republicans tied to the Broward Democrat establishment. Now, it appears Cooley has the help of the Miami-Dade GOP in her quest to be the next BREC leader.

Cooley sent an email to Broward Republicans on Saturday. When a recipient clicks on “update profile,” they are taken to a new page. If you click on the “past issues” tab, you can read previous emails sent from this email account.

The new page is titled, “Email Campaign Archive from Republican Party of Miami-Dade County.” The list includes emails sent in June 2015 promoting the Miami-Dade GOP Lincoln Day Dinner featuring Senator Marco Rubio. Other emails tout the June 2014 Broward Lincoln Day and an October 2014 visit to Coral Springs by Governor Rick Scott. The event was hosted by the Republican Business Network (RBN).

Yesterday, REDBROWARD reported RBN President Mike Rump is one of the driving forces behind Cooley’s campaign. As a public insurance adjuster, Rump works closely with Democrat lobbyist Steven Geller. A former State Senator, Geller is currently seeking a seat on the Broward County Commission. Rump, his wife, and others have been desperately seeking email lists to promote Cooley.

Did Rump ask the Miami-Dade GOP to interfere in Broward Republican Politics?

Other sources claim the Cooley team has been pressuring employees of the Republican Party of Florida to intervene in the race on Cooley’s behalf.

Guess TEAM COOLEY doesn’t want Broward Republicans to decide Broward Republican elections on their own.

We don’t need meddling from Miami or Tallahassee.

Cooley will challenge acting Chairman Robert W.Sutton on Monday evening.

link found in the Lauren Cooley email to Broward Republicans


Broward Republicans Tied To Democrat “Good Ol Boy” NetworkPushing Young Broward GOP Chair Candidate


Steve Geller, on left, with Mike Rump last month

 Members of the Broward Republican Party with ties to former State Sen. Steve Geller (D-Cooper City) and the controversial Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Miramar) appear to be the driving forces behind the candidacy of 23 year old musician Lauren C. Cooley. Even though Cooley has only been a member of the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC) for a handful of months, she has the backing of Mike Rump, president of the Republican Business Network (RBN), his wife Dolly Rump, Karin Hoffman and lobbyist Ryan Reiter. Both Rump and Hoffman had failed bids to lead BREC.

Today, Rump sent an email claiming “BREC Chair Candidates Smacked With ‘Good Ol Boy Politics’ & Unfair Election.” Oddly enough, Rump touts Eugene “Gene” Robinson’s endorsement of Cooley. REDBROWARD reports exposing Robinson’s improper fundraising activities culminated in his quitting the race on Friday. 

Rump claims Cooley won an exit poll at Wednesday’s debate hosted by the RBN. Several attendees claim no more than 30 people attended the debate in Coral Springs. 

Rump complains that Cooley does not have access to the BREC membership list. This complaint is a common refrain of losing BREC candidates. 

The unintentionally hilarious part of email is claims that a “good Ol boy” network is backing Cooley’s opponents. 

Rump is well acquainted with one of Broward’s top good Ol boys, Steve Geller. Rump is president of the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjustors (FAPIA). Geller is the lobbyist for FAPIA. Rump’s Facebook page is filled with pictures with Geller. Some wonder if Rump will support Republican Chuck Lanza’s bid for the Broward County Commission District 5 seat. Lanza is running against Steve Geller.

Yesterday, Dolly Rump claimed Acting Chairman Robert Sutton had “threatened” Cooley if she didn’t withdraw from the race. Sutton vehemently denied it. In a conversation with REDBROWARD, Cooley said there was no threat whatsoever.

Another behind the scenes backer of Cooley’s campaign is Ryan Reiter. Now a lobbyist, Reiter spent the last two years pushing the Children’s Services Council on Broward taxpayers. The group, a favorite of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, will continue to collect tax dollars and send them to groups such as Hispanic Unity, a local affiliate of La Raza. 

In a recent newspaper article, Reiter said his mentor is Judge Ari Porth, a former Democrat legislator. Also, even though he leads the local Young Republican club, Reiter is chummy with Congressman Alcee Hastings and other local Democrats. In fact, Reiter was the longtime roommate of Coral Springs Commissioner Dan Daley. He recently left the GOP to join the Democrat party. 

Both Rump can been seen on Facebook promoting Cooley’s campaign. 

Reiter and Hoffman are members of Jeb Bush’s Broward campaign team.

Next: What will IRS say if Lauren Cooley wins BREC election?

Update: earlier version stated Rump was a supporter of Jeb Bush. Mrs. Rump says they do not like Jeb Bush. We regret the error. 

Congressman Alcee Hastings, center with Ryan Reiter on right