BY BUDDY NEVINS
Although he is known primarily as a campaign consultant, a former judicial candidate and the Property Appraiser’s chief lawyer, Ron Gunzburger is a very good Internet journalist.
He founded a very early political website — Politics1. The site is 13-years-old, ancient for the Internet.
Now he has a scoop. He wrote today on his Facebook page that Broward County Commissioner Al Jones has switched parties.
Jones, appointed to the commission as a Republican, switched to the Democratic Party. He dumped the GOP one day after the governor who appointed him to the commission left the party– Charlie Crist.
Jones is running for election to the post he was appointed to, a heavily-Democratic commission district in central Broward. He has six Democratic opponents.
Here is Gunzburger’s post:
Ron Gunzburger Broward County (Fla) has an all-Democratic county commission again. Comm Al Jones (R) quietly switched parties this afternoon.
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Jones was formally a Democrat and became a Republican years ago. He was then appointed by Republican governors to the South Broward Hospital District and the School Board to fill a vacancy.
I guess he exhausted all the possible GOP appointments for a black Republican in Broward. It appears Jones really has been a member of only one party — the Al Jones Party.
He was appointed to the county commission to replace Josephus Eggelletion, who pleaded guilty to money laundering in federal court and participation in a bribery scheme in state court.
His departure from the Republican Party will cause most GOP insiders to withdraw their support. But when he gained a vote on the county commission, he gained the immediate support of the lobbyists.
Democratic lobbyist Bernie Friedman held a fund raiser for Jones in April. The appointed commissioner then voted for The Diplomat expansion project, which was a Friedman client.
By the way, I love Gunzburger’s Facebook picture, which is a play on his image as a devilish, scorched earth campaign consultant. The picture — which you can click on to see better — shows him leaning up against a portrait of an angel with a halo over his head.