A Monday morning Facebook post by the Broward GOP chairman has linked a local lobbyist to tomorrow’s fundraiser/luncheon for Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll. Republican honcho Rico Petrocelli, P.I. told his Facebook friends there were just 10 tickets left for the pricey event. Petrocelli mentioned an “Italian lunch” would be provided by Tavolino Della Nona, a Coral Springs restaurant. Documents filed filed he State of Florida show Ed Pozzuoli is president of Tavolino Della Nona. Pozzuoli is a former chairman of the Broward Republican Executive Committee.
In 2012 Pozzuoli, a local attorney, was listed as a lobbyist for several groups including Charter Schools USA. Perhaps Petrocelli forgot the controversy caused by Carroll’s 2010 appearance at a BREC meeting. On September 27, 2010 Carroll told BREC members Rick Scott “doesn’t have any ties to Tallahassee, he doesn’t have any ties to a lobbyist'” The media used Carroll’s remark to attack Scott and Carroll. Why would Petrocelli say something which could potentially cause trouble for Governor Rick Scott?
The actual hosts of the event remain a mystery after Republican Business Network president Ginger Eisenrod denied her group was sponsoring the event. She claims a “city commissioner” asked the RBN to get involved. Eisenrod says the RBN was asked to sponsor a table of 8. So why send a mass email if you only need 8 people? Why did the email ask people to make checks payable to RBN?
The Petrocelli email says those interested in attending should contact BREC HQ for “payment options”? Is one of those options making checks payable to the RBN?
Petrocelli’s emails says just 12 spots were available. RBN says they had 8, maybe 10. So, 20 spots for average Joes. How many tables were snapped up by special interests? How many Democrats are attending? How many lobbyists?
Will we ever know?