Sounding more like Charlie Crist than the former chairman of the Broward Republican Party, Chip LaMarca told Oakland Park residents the Republican Party was not “getting the job done right now.” LaMarca’s stunning opening remarks came during the recent Broward County Commission debate in Oakland Park. Republican LaMarca is being challenged by former Broward Mayor Ken Keechl, a Democrat.
LaMarca’s district has changed since 2010 when he first beat Keechl. Redistricting has added more Democrats to the District 4 populace, putting LaMarca at a demographic disadvantage.
In his opening statement LaMarca said, “I went [to the County Commission] to serve everyone here whether you happen to be a member of the Democrat Party, Republican Party or what I consider the brightest spark in our American economy right now, the No Party.” He added, “Cause I don’t think either one of them is getting it done right now.”
Ordinarily, you might think this “all parties stink” idea is the conventional wisdom. Most Americans agree our political system is hopelessly deadlocked over ideological fights spurred on by greed and opportunism.
But, this thinking is usually reserved for the mess in Washington, D.C. Here in Florida, Republicans control the state government. Governor Rick Scott is a Republican. So is Attorney General Pam Bondi, CFO Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam. The Republican-controlled State Legislature was deftly lead by Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz.
Does Chip LaMarca think Governor Rick Scott isn’t “getting it done right now?”
You may say Chip LaMarca wants to appeal to Democrats and Independents in his district. Since when has Chip LaMarca been bi-partisan? He was a Broward Young Republican. He was chairman of the Broward Republican Executive Committee. In 2012, LaMarca endorsed the ultra-conservative Texas Governor Rick Perry for President.
For more than a year, Chip LaMarca has been running around town calling himself the “minority leader of the Broward County Commission.” Yeah, he’s the only Republican serving with eight Democrats.
No, this stunning endorsement of the “brightest spark” a.k.a “No Party” seems to be another cynical attempt to fool Broward voters.