On Monday evening, the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC) voted to allow Predrag Patrick Jovanov to join its ranks even after he admitted to being part of the radical Occupy Fort Lauderdale movement. Earlier, Jovanov was allowed to give a speech regarding his Broward School Board campaign. On May 19, Jovanov filed to run against School Board member Donna Korn, the Broward Republican Party’s only countywide elected official. As part of its membership process, BREC allows committeemen and women to ask questions of prospective members.
After being introduced by Chairman Tom Truex, Jovanov was asked if was a member of a “foreclosure mobilization task force.” Jovanov admitted he was part of the task force. Jovanov was asked if the task force was part of the Occupy Fort Lauderdale movement. Jovanov answered, “yes.” Jovanov was asked if was part of any “labor outreach groups.” He said he was, but he could not remember which unions were involved. Then, Jovanov said no unions were involved. When asked how labor outreach could be done without unions, he said he couldn’t remember because there weren’t many people at the meeting.
RED BROWARD found a January 2013 Occupy Fort Lauderdale press release listing Patrick Jovanov as “a parent-activist in Pompano Beach and active with Occupy Ft Lauderdale Foreclosure Mobilization and Labor Outreach groups.” In an attempt to stop foreclosure auctions, Occupy Fort Lauderdale and other progressive groups have engaged in protests and civil disobedience. In 2011, Red Broward exposed local Democrats ties to the radical “Occupy Wall Street” movement. However, Jovanov’s ties to Democrats do not end with Occupy Fort Lauderdale.
Jovanov admitted to attending Pompano Democrat club meetings. He mentioned a meeting featuring former State Senator Nan Rich, a candidate for Florida Governor. Jovanov was appointed to City of Pompano Beach committees by Democrat politicians. Pompano Beach commissioner Charlotte Burrie appointed Jovanov to the budget review committee. In 2011, Pompano Beach Commissioner Rex Hardin, a Democrat, appointed Jovanov to the education advisory committee.