BY BUDDY NEVINS
Why did Rico Petrocelli quit as Broward’s Republican Party chair?
He isn’t talking except to say on the Internet and in a news release from the GOP that he had “irrreconciliable difference” with the party’s executive board that caused him to leave.
Here is his comment sent to me and reputed to be from his Facebook page:
“I have resigned as Chairman of the Broward Republican Party. Irreconcilable differences with the Executive Board. Not giving interviews, etc from TV or Print. In the best interest of the Party..”
He isn’t giving interviews, but several political sources talked to Browardbeat.com.
According to the sources, the board was upset with a scheme to pay commissions to members who brought in contributions. Petrocelli also irritated some members by plugging his private detective business through a link on the party website, one source said. A third source said the party under Petrocelli lacked “transparency.”
Some of the things he was trying were “undignified,” said another source.
Petrocelli tried too many changes that bugged the board.
Another thing I believe was at work here. Class differences.
Petrocelli had money problems off-and-on for years. A former car salesman, he had little in common with the white wine-and-brie crowd that makes up a major part of the party’s donor base.
It wasn’t like he used the wrong fork at dinner or showed up with gravy stains on his tie. Still, the party leader who talked as if he came from the streets never won over the GOP high rollers who own the streets.
Yet despite my belief, Petrocelli did have some supporters among the deep pockets crowd, I have been told. They just couldn’t save him.
Meanwhile, Broward’s Democrats are laughing. For once, the Democratic Party seems calm…and the GOP is squabbling.
This was released midday Wednesday, Feb.20 and sent to me by RedBroward.
February 20, 2013
Broward Republican Executive Committee (“BREC”) announces the resignation of its Chairman Rico Petrocelli. In a surprising action, Mr. Petrocelli voluntarily tendered his resignation on February 19, 2013, effective immediately. Mr. Petrocelli cited his reason for resigning as undefined “irreconcilable differences “ with the Executive Board.
Going forward, Vice Chairman Christine A. Butler has assumed responsibility as acting Chairman until a new Chairman is elected. In the interim, Ms. Butler expresses confidence in the Executive Board’s commitment in advancing the BREC’s mission and programs.
The Executive Committee’s Board will announce an election of a new Chairman in accordance with the rules of the Republican Party of Florida. All business and programs of BREC are expected to continue during an orderly transition in leadership.
Vice Chairman Christine A. Butler, a practicing attorney in Broward, was elected as Vice Chairman of BREC in December 2012, and has served as a Precinct Committeewoman in Davie, Florida since 2010.
For more information or comment, please contact Ms. Butler at 954- 401-9933″
Browardbeat.com is open to Petrocelli if he would like to make a statement giving his reasons for leaving.