Broward GOP chairman Rico Petrocelli (P.I.) wants Troy Samuels to stay on the Miramar city commission. Petrocelli goes out of his way to mention Samuels at events and regularly posts about him on Facebook. Republican unity, right? According to sources and campaign financial reports, Samuels appears to use the patented Broward Republican Establishment Cronies’ game plan of playing nice with Democrats and their special interest cronies.
Samuels’ financial report is a who’s who of lobbyists, law firms and construction companies (Becker Poliakoff etc). On his Facebook page, Samuels proudly poses with Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Gold Faucets) and Senator Bill Nelson (D-Sleepy).
Democrat insiders say Troy Samuels is a fan of Democrat lobbyist and salami sandwich doyenne Judy Stern. In 2009, Samuels and Stern co-hosted a fundraiser for Pembroke Pines commissioner Angelo Castillo. A Broward GOP source said Samuels made several calls in 2012 inquiring why RED BROWARD did not like Judy Stern.
Of course Samuels will say he’s truly a GOPer but he’s doing what it takes to be elected in Broward county (a.k.a “John McCain-ing It” or “pulling a LaMarca”). But as John McCain found out in 2008, being a Democrat’s favorite Republican doesn’t mean much in the end.
Despite support from Democrats, Samuels is facing a strong challenge from Democrat Yvette Colbourne. She has support from Miramar commissioner Wayne Messam (D-Go Noles!) and Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness (D-Cricket master). Miramar residents are receiving a new mailer highlighting Colbourne’s Democrat bona fides.
Colbourne is pictured with Democrat teammates like Bill Clinton, Alcee Hastings and Messam. Samuels, revealed as the Broward Chairman of the Mitt Romney campaign, is featured alongside George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Rick Scott and a weepy John Boehner.
Well-played Troy, well-played.
Why do we keep allowing the Broward Republican Establishment Cronies (Bizzaro B.R.E.C.) to ruin our community? Enough with the games. Enough with going along with Insiders. Enough of settling for a tiny piece of the action.