Karin Hoffman, a 2014 candidate for chair of the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC), never mentions her highly controversial 2010 candidacy for BREC chair. Hoffman may not be eager to explain her tricks to get on the ballot and her vice chair running mate, Tom Truex. The entire BREC election mess was documented in an April 2010 Sun-Sentinel article.
As noted in the Sun-Sentinel article, Hoffman and Truex ran as the “tea party slate” against Vice Chair Cindy Guerra and Ken Haiko. “The conservative wing of the party teamed up with tea party activists in an attempt to install Karin Hoffman in the chairmanship. Hoffman is founder of the activist group DC Works For Us, which is allied with the tea party movement. Hoffman had a big problem: she wasn’t a Republican committeewoman, so she wasn’t eligible.” The Sun-Sentinel wrote Hoffman’s supporters made a loud commotion in the hopes of delaying the election. They were desperate to get Hoffman read onto BREC. Reporter Anthony Man wrote, “Chaos has erupted.”
One of Hoffman’s loudest supporters was former BREC committeewoman Ana Gomez Mallada. The Sun-Sentinel reported, “Ana Gomez-Mallada of Lighthouse Point is the committeewoman with the most objections. She wants the chairmanship election tabled.” Gomez Mallada was the attorney who helped Hoffman trademark the defunct “DC WORKS FOR US.” Even though she hasn’t been a BREC member for years, Gomez Mallada posted an endorsement of Hoffman on Facebook this morning.
Ana Gomez Mallada wrote, “Few people can claim to be able to do what Karin can do: fill a restaurant full of Republicans in the middle of the week at a moments’ notice.” Since she’s moved to Miami, Gomez Mallada doesn’t know Hoffman can’t fill the restaurant with “DC WORKS FOR US” members anymore; The group disbanded shortly after the 2010 election.
But in here 2010 BREC statemement, Hoffman made it sound as if “DC WORKS FOR US” was about to grow into a national powerhouse. She wrote, “I started an organization, DC Works For US, working together collectively with other grassroots organizations throughout the nation to effectively halt harmful legislation and actively work to replace Congress in 2010. Within one year that group has grown to three, one in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, with requests to start DC Works For US groups throughout the nation. We have over 600 actively attending members, locally.” Wow! 600 members? Really Karin?
The Sun-Sentinel reported the BREC had 314 members for the 2010 election. Why would Karin Hoffman want to lead a group with half of the membership of her “DC WORKS FOR US?” Why did she want to lead a smaller group that she wasn’t even a member of?
In the end, Chairman Chip LaMarca refused to delay the election in order for Hoffman to be read onto the committee. Cindy Guerra was elected as chair. Ken Haiko was elected vice chairman.
Tom Truex received 68 votes.
Hoffman surely realizes her ties to Truex would doom her chances to be the next chair. Truex’s reign as BREC chairman has been an unconditional surrender of the Broward Republican Party. Truex failed to recruit Republican candidates for the 2014 election. Truex failed to raise funds for simple electioneering items such as palm cards and precinct letters. As RED BROWARD reported, the Broward Republican Party palm cards were printed and paid for by the Miami-Dade republican Party.
The disaster that was the 2014 Lincoln Day dinner has some BREC members calling for a criminal investigation of BREC finances. Truex promised BREC funds would not be used to pay for speaker Charles Krauthammer. A late filing with the Broward Supervisor of Elections office shows BREC paid for Krauthammer even though a pricey $2,500 per person cocktail party was held in Fort Lauderdale.
Hoffman has yet to criticize Truex and his administration. Truex gave Hoffman get leeway in scheduling events involving BREC. Last year, Hoffman met with Republican club leaders in a strategy session for the 2014 election. Despite the presence of Truex and BREC club leaders, Hoffman ran the meeting. Her main goal was the creation of a shadowy politcial committee known as “South Florida First.” Hopffman said the name would “fool Democrats.” The group was never formed, but Hoffman said Truex gave the Republican Business Network (RBN) his blessing to free lance operations in 2014. Hoffman claims to be the political director of the RBN.
BREC members will vote for a new chair on Monday December 8th. Will they say they have had enough of Truex and Hoffman? Stay tuned….