State halts GOP meet­ing

Fac­tions war over Broward chair­man

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - By An­thony Man Staff writer GOP, 6B

The Broward Re­pub­li­can Party came to­gether Wed­nes­day night — and re­mained far apart, frac­tured by two camps that con­tinue to scheme against each other rather than or­ga­nize for crit­i­cal 2018 elec­tions.

More than 100 Repub­li­cans as­sem­bled for the event at De­icke Au­di­to­rium in Plan­ta­tion, with the pas­sion­ate party mem­bers watched over by three city po­lice of­fi­cers.

One of the party’s fac­tions as­sem­bled enough sup­port for Wed­nes­day’s spe­cial meet­ing of com­mit­teemen and com­mit­tee­women from across the county, with the ob­jec­tive of re­mov­ing county Re­pub­li­can Chair­man Bob Sut­ton.

But the Re­pub­li­can Party of Flor­ida, which has been re­ceiv- ing com­plaints from and about both sides in the Broward civil war, in­ter­vened.

“On be­half of the RPOF, this meet­ing is not a le­gal meet­ing. No Re­pub­li­can busi­ness will be trans­acted here to­day,” said J.C. Martin, par­lia­men­tar­ian for the state party. “This is a bla­tant case of an il­le­gal meet­ing. Mr. Chair­man, close this down.”

Martin, who is also chair­man of the Polk County Re­pub­li­can Party, said he was dis­patched to Broward by Blaise In­goglia, chair­man Re­pub­li­can Party.

Broward Repub­li­cans have gone through many cy­cles of in­ter­nal fight­ing in re­cent years, but tur­moil has reached new heights in 2017.

“To­tally ridicu­lous,” was the as­sess­ment Wed­nes­day evening from Clarence McKee, a long­time Re­pub­li­can com­mit­tee­man who worked as an ad­vance man for Ron­ald Rea­gan’s of the state

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