Back in July 2012, controversy erupted over secret recordings of Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca scolding Broward GOP Chairman Richard De Napoli over attempts to discipline the Broward GOP Secretary. This amateurish ploy ended up on local television after a police report was filed. Who was the Broward GOP secretary allegedly facing disciplinary action? Yep, Sheela Venero Van Hoose, the staffer for Governor Rick Scott behind the censoring of REDBROWARD.COM, who also happens to be the owner of the actual domain name.
Broward GOP sources tell RED BROWARD the whole mess started at an RPOF Quaterly meeting where Van Hoose maneuvered her way onto an RPOF committee. Richard DeNapoli, then Broward GOP chairman, spoke to Van Hoose regarding her breach of protocol. Sources say she didn’t take it well, leading to a continuing rift with DeNapoli.
Last week, after exposing a plot to place her that very same committee, Van Hoose censored RED BROWARD. Multiple media outlets attempted to contact Van Hoose and the Governor for comment. As of Monday January 14, 2013 RED BROWARD remains off the air.
Back 2012, at a “Coffee With The Secretary” meeting hosted by Van Hoose, shills in the audience questioned Broward Commissioner LaMarca about attempts by De Napoli to discipline Van Hoose. LaMarca said, “[DeNapoli] doesn’t have any right or ability to remove…or recall [Van Hoose]. The comments, recorded by a local blogger, lead to the filing of a police report. Broward GOP leadership contended the unauthorized recordings were illegal under Florida law.
The blogger, Javier Manjarres, said he violated no laws. He wrote his recording of the event was “authorized” by Sheela Venero.
Days later, at a Republican Club of Central Broward meeting, LaMarca did some serious backtracking to diffuse the situation. In this video, LaMarca denies any knowledge of the recording:
Interestingly enough, a story on Manjares’ blog regarding the controversy features a copy of the Coral Springs police report. The first page of the report, linked on his site, clearly shows this copy had been faxed to the office of Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca.
Why was LaMarca so cooperative with Manjarres and VanHoose’s attack on DeNapoli? The police report clearly states LaMarca would not file charges over the recordings he knew “nothing” about.
This may explain LaMarca’s role as one of “The Chairmen” in the December BREC elections. Karen Harrington claimed to have the support of LaMarca and other former BREC chairman. After Harrington dropped out of the race, LaMarca claimed to have no knowledge of any endorsement. Sources say LaMarca was in fact a vocal proponent of Harrington actively recruiting supporters for her candidacy.
Just makes you think, how the hell did these people get in control of our party? No wonder we lose election after election. Our thin-skinned, social climbing leaders are too busy stabbing each other in the back to deal with Democrats and local corruption.
It might be time to take out the brooms and make a clean sweep of all these child-like hangers on.
Lets call Governor Rick Scott to find out what he thinks (850) 488-7146 or email him at www.flgov.com