BY BUDDY NEVINS
The naked face of partisan politics was on display at the Broward County Commission on Tuesday.
And not at the School Board.
Commissioners refused to name their colleague, Chip LaMarca, vice mayor because he is a Republican.
School Board members named Donna Korn as the vice chair.
Korn is a Republican. School Board members didn’t care.
Vice chair is important because almost always the stepping stone to becoming chair next year.
LaMarca should have had the honor. Elected in 2010, he has served three years.
Instead the job went to Commissioner Tim Ryan, who was elected last year.
Ryan is an exceptional commissioner. He’s bright and a voice of reason.
That said, Ryan should have waited to be chair. His election just wasn’t fair.
“I obviously didn’t get the memo on Tim Ryan,” Commissioner Lois Wexler quipped after the vote.
Wexler was one of three votes to name LaMarca, along with Dale Holness and LaMarca.
The other six voted for Ryan.
“I knew he didn’t have the votes….(but) I absolutely believe you take turns. Chip has been there three years. It was his turn,” Wexler said. “Its fairness.”
Wexler is right..as she often is.
LaMarca got shafted because he is a “R.”
There are 243,801 registered Republicans today in Broward County.
The School Board recognizes this fact.
But The Broward County Commission just told Republicans that they don’t count.