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Ex-Plantation council member takes over Broward GOP director job

Rico Petrocelli, who lost his re-election bid to the Plantation City Council in 2009 to Pete Tingom and has agreed to a $1,500 state ethics fine, will now serve as the executive director of the Broward Republican Executive Committee.

The director manages the day to day tasks of the GOP's main political group in Broward. BREC has suffered from high turnover in the director position and sluggish fundraising. Petrocelli, who also owns the Plantation Journal online commmunity newspaper, wouldn't reveal how much money he will be paid by BREC. Chair Richard DeNapoli announced Petrocelli's appointment today.

While the GOP is in a strong position statewide after the November sweep, the Broward GOP has its work cut out for them: the party has had scattered, sporadic success at winning local offices and the party is on track to become the third party in Broward -- voters who don't identify with either major party only lag behind registered Republicans by about two dozen.

Petrocelli agreed to a $1,500 ethics fine from the Florida Commission on Ethics earlier this year. That fine stems from Petrocelli seeking donations from entities with interests in the city for a holiday party for the Plantation Athletic League that were deemed to be for his own political benefit. He is awaiting the order from the governor before paying the fine -- standard procedure.

In a press release, Petrocelli emphasized the goals of increasing GOP voter registration, reaching out to the business community and uniting toward "the common goal of electing Republicans." He also serves as a commissioner of the Broward County Housing Authority.



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I agree that BREC "has it's work cut for them" however, I think the pick has merit and will provide a great fit both for Rico and for BREC. The proof will be in the results - good luck Rico!

Patti Lynn

Are there no Republicans in Broward without an ethical black mark next to his or her name? And why, pray tell, is Mr. Petrocelli still serving on the board of the Broward County Housing Authority? Did he not use his PAL position in Plantation to solicit funds to bolster himself? Isn't that what the fine is about? He'll be in charge of fund raising for the BREC? Broward GOP...isn't there someone else?

The Fourth Estate

Do you possibly think that you could write a slightly more positive article about the
Broward GOP at any point in the near future?

"...the party has had scattered, sporadic success at winning local offices" you wrote.

No mention of Chip LaMarca winning...first elected Republican in Broward County Commission District 4 since the 1990s.

It would have been just as easy to write: "though the party has had scattered, sporadic success at winning local offices, they had a major victory when Chip LaMarca, former Broward GOP Chair and Lighthouse Point Commissioner, unseated the Broward Mayor Ken Keechl in an upset victory."

How about it, Amy?

Brec Member's

This is a disgrace! Richard DeNapoli is hiring only his personal friends even though they come along with a lot of baggage! Another black eye for BREC. This is what we get for electing Moderate Charlie Crist supporters!!!

Hope and change

Perfect choice by the Treasurer-turned-Chairman who failed to report a $4,000.00 donation from BREC to LaMarca's campaign. Let the investigations and complaints begin!


yes, what of that unreported $4000 donation to Chip LaMarca? DeNapoli was the Treasurer and failed to do so, what is he hiding?


How can someone hide something if everyone knows about it? Blogging has gotten really lame in the final days of 2010.

Amy, do you think that maybe you might ever start an article about a Republican in a different manner? In the first sentence, it says Petrocelli lost re-election and had some kind of ethics fine. You then go into "high turnover...sporadic success...third party in Broward"...you mention the fine again...and then say something decent about the guy. Is it me, or do you just not like Republicans????

Brec Member

First of all... Chairman DeNapoli should of never hired his friend to this job. The man has a crooked past and it looks real bad on our party! I guess this Richard guy is crooked just like the rest of them. This is what happens when you vote in Moderate Crist supporters!


Manjarres reached a new low Monday night with his disgusting behaviour at trying to bring a CAIR director into the membership. This is the last straw. The RPOF should finally kick him out and prevent his shenanigans from reoccuring in other parts of the state. What a scumbag.

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